The fears that Super Eagles forward, Victor Osimhen, could out of action for a long time is now confirmed by Napoli FC as the talismanic forward will be out of action for about four weeks.
It means he could be strong enough for Nigeria’s campaign at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire.
However, he is doubtful Nigeria’s first two matches in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers next month.
According to Italian sports news outlet, tuttosports.com, it is confirmed that Osimhen would be out of duties for close to four weeks meaning he would not be available for the club’s next fixture against Verona this weekend.
In a short statement released by the club, it stated that the player would be sidelined with a “medium-grade tear” in his right hamstring but Italian media report that he could be out for as long as a month.
That would mean the 24-year-old missing the next four rounds of Serie A matches, as well as two Champions League clashes with Union Berlin.
The Italian media also noted that the Nigerian had missed 27 matches due to physical problems suffered during the international breaks and an additional five to six fixtures could be a setback for the star player for the club in the ongoing campaign.
Osimhen picked up the injury during Nigeria’s 2-2 friendly draw with Falcons of Saudi Arabia on Friday.
Italian champions Napoli are fifth in Serie A on 14 points, seven behind league leaders AC Milan who they face at the end of the month.
NAPOLI’S FIXTURES OSIMHEN WILL MISS
- 21 October: Verona-Napoli
- 24 October: Union Berlin- Napoli
- 29 October: Napoli-Milan
- 4 November: Salernitana-Napoli
- 8 November: Napoli-Union Berlin,
- 12 November: Napoli-Empoli
NIGERIA’S WORLD CUP FIXTURES OSIMHEN WILL MISS
- Match Day 1. 13 November 2023: Nigeria v. Lesotho
- Match Day 2. 20 November 2023: Zimbabwe v. Nigeria