Victor Osimhen: Napoli Bothered About Super Eagles Star’s Fitness Ahead of Barcelona Clash in UCL

Victor Osimhen: Napoli Bothered About Super Eagles Star’s Fitness Ahead of Barcelona Clash in UCL

Raphael Abiola
February 15, 2024 at 3:13 PM
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  • Victor Osimhen is a major doubt for Napoli ahead of their clash with Barcelona in the Champions League
  • The Super Eagles striker struggled with injury all through the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast
  • The former Lille forward led Nigeria to a second-place finish at the 34th edition of the African championship

Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen has returned to club duties after leading Nigeria to a second-place finish at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast.

The Napoli star was featured in all seven games for the Super Eagles but failed to deliver the trophy for his country.

The 25-year-old striker played a significant part in the continental championship with injury, and he is a major doubt for the Italian side.

Victor Osimhen is a major doubt for Napoli's clash against Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League. Photo: Paolo Bruno.
Victor Osimhen is a major doubt for Napoli's clash against Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League. Photo: Paolo Bruno.
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In a report by Sport, as per All Football, the Nigerian international has yet to return to full fitness. He is a major doubt for Napoli's UEFA Champions League Round of 16 clash against Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona next week.

Reports have it that the former Lille striker lost 3-4kgs in weight during the AFCON 2023 competition due to the stress he encountered even after the conclusion of the tournament.

Missing Osimhen in their tie against Barcelona will be a big blow for Walter Mazzari's side, as the Catalans are struggling presently in defence.

Reactions to Osimhen's fatigue ahead of Barca tie

The report about Osimhen's doubt for the game against Barcelona sparked reactions from fans on social media.

@SumptuousWomen said:

"And we, as Barcelona, are concerned about the goals we're conceding week in week out."

@Rezbarca said:

"We need them to have their best players. No excuses."

@Vicktour_Oh said:

"All he needs is proper rest and rehabilitation."

@maros4usall said:

"What did they do to him in Ivory Coast, we should question Drogba ever since he met, and kèp going around Osimhen guy hasn't been physical ok."

Amuneke discloses reason for Osimhen's poor performance

Sports Brief earlier reported on Super Eagles legend Emmanuel Amuneke explaining why Osimhen performed badly at the AFCON 2023.

The reigning African Footballer of the Year failed to lead the Super Eagles to the title as Ivory Coast defeated Jose Peseiro's side 2-1 in the final.

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Raphael Abiola
Raphael Abiola is a Nigerian Sports Journalist with over five years of experience. He obtained a B.Tech degree in Computer Science from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, in 2015.