Victor Osimhen Gets Injury Scare Weeks Before AFCON, Napoli Gives Update on Star

Victor Osimhen Gets Injury Scare Weeks Before AFCON, Napoli Gives Update on Star

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at December 18, 2023 at 11:27 AM
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  • Napoli has downplayed Victor Osimhen’s latest injury scare
  • The Nigerian star was subbed off in Napoli’s weekend game
  • Osimhen is expected to lead the Super Eagles attack at AFCON

Nigerians will heave a sigh of relief after the latest update on star striker, Victor Osimhen following an injury scare suffered during Napoli’s weekend victory against Cagliari.

The Super Eagles forward ran the show to hand the reigning Serie A champions a 2-1 win, scoring one and creating arguably the assist of the season for Khvicha Kvaratskhelia.

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Victor Osimhen was substituted late into Napoli's victory against Cagliari on Sunday after the striker picked up a knock in the game. Photo by NurPhoto.
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According to All Nigeria Soccer, Napoli manager, Walter Mazzarri has downplayed any talks of a serious injury to Osimhen after fears were raised following the striker’s substitution in the 82nd minute of the game.

"Osimhen? It doesn't seem like a serious injury to me, it will be a temporary thing."

Osimhen, who was recently named CAF Player of the Year ahead of Achraf Hakimi and Mohamed Salah, is likely to spearhead the Super Eagles attack in next month's Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast.

Moffi a major doubt for AFCON

Meanwhile, OGC Nice forward, Terem Moffi faces the disappointment of missing out on featuring for the Super Eagles at the Africa Cup of Nations due to a hamstring injury, Soccernet reports.

The forward’s hopes of playing in his first AFCON tournament for Nigeria were dashed as he sustained the injury hours before Nice’s Ligue game against La Havre on Saturday, December 16.

Moffi is expected to be out for up to four weeks due to the injury and might not recover in time to make the Super Eagles' 27-man final squad for AFCON in Ivory Coast next January.

Super Eagles AFCON squad submitted

Sports Brief also previously reported on Jose Peseiro submitting his 50-man Nigeria provisional squad to CAF ahead of next year's Africa Cup of Nations.

Gent forward, Gift Orban is one of the biggest omissions. He has joined defender, Leon Balogun and previous first-choice goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye.

Kelechi Nwakali and Christian Nwoke are surprise inclusions for Nigeria ahead of the continental tournament, which kicks off in Ivory Coast in January.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..