Victor Osimhen risked losing his left eye, a hemorrhage, suffering a new fracture and undergoing a new surgery if the Nigeria striker had returned to action for Napoli last week and taken an elbow on the face.
This is according to a Tuesday’s report on Italian outlet, Corriere dello Sport, which stated that the 22-year-old is expected to return from Nigeria ahead of Friday’s visit by Dr Canonico and Tartaro, who will carry out another CT scan on his face, in order to precisely establish his condition and return to action.
The report also stated that the player risks losing big if the callus is not well consolidated because the protective face mask doesn’t guarantee as much safety as the American football helmet.
Doctors last checked on the player’s injury on Wednesday before he left his Christmas holidays in Nigeria.
The former Lille player injured is face on November 21 during a Serie A 3-2 defeat to Inter Milan. He had a series of complicated surgeries and was later handed a protective face mask, to enable him play more comfortably.
He has not featured for the Azzurris since the time, but doctors are expected to give their final word on his return to action, upon examining him on Friday.
Italian outlet, II Mattino reported today that Napoli chieftain, Aurelio De Laurentis is insisting the player may not return to action unless doctors give the ok in view of his burning desire to represent Nigeria at 2020 Africa Cup of Nations finals starting on January 9 in Cameroun.
“There will be checks, everything will be done scrupulously, meticulously,” Laurentiis gave his clear-cut, unequivocal opinion on the return to action of the player, who joined them last summer from Lille on a club record 70 million euros.
Meanwhile, Napoli have their hands tied as Osimhen cannot even play for them even if he doesn’t represent Nigeria at AFCON, due to a FIFA regulation that stops players from playing for their clubs when needed for major international tournaments sanctioned by FIFA.