Victor Osimhen Defies Napoli’s Medics, Set For AFCON
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Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen is doing everything possible to be part of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON squad which starts next month.
Osimhen was named among the final 28am squad by interim coach, Augustine Eguavoen on Christmas day.
The former Lille hitman whonis currently in Nigeria, defied Napoli’s medical medical checkup and could be on a war oath with his current employers, SC Napoli of Italy.
Italian media reports that Osimhen has departed Naples to team up with the Super Eagles ahead of preparations for the AFCON
It is unknown if Napoli gave him the approval to momentarily halt his rehabilitation process and make the trip back to his country of birth
Report says on Boxing Day, the Nigerian international shared on Twitter his attendance at an event hosted by the Asisat Oshoala Foundation, an indication that he is already in town.
However, the 22-year-old has a scheduled checkup on Friday with doctors who have been working with him during the healing period that followed the surgery, which fixed the multiple fractures he suffered in late November.
Osimhen started individual training early in December and was once pictured after a session with a teammate. But he had not been given the medical clearance to join team training.
A specially designed face mask was provided for the Super Eagles striker to aid his integration into the group.
Osimhen, it was initially feared, would be out of action for ninety days, but the youngster made himself available for selection to the Super Eagles’ handlers nearly two months before that return date. He was subsequently named in the 28-man shortlist for Afcon 2021.
Nigeria’s leading goalscorer during the qualifiers, Osimhen, is looking to lead the Super Eagles’ AFCON challenge in Cameroon as the “giant of Africa” seeks to win fourth trophy