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Sports News of Wednesday, 29 December 2021


Osimhen needs a miracle to be at AFCON - Surgeon discloses

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Professor Gianpaolo Tartaro has disclosed that Napoli striker Victor Osimhen will be unfit to represent Nigeria at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations next month.

According to him, it would only take a miracle in Cameroon.

The talented player had been initially ruled out of the biggest African football showpiece, scheduled for January 9 to February 6, 2022, in Cameroon, after he suffered multiple fractures in his face following a clash with Inter defender Milan Skriniar on November 21.

Osimhen resumed individual training a few weeks after his surgery and was included in Nigeria’s 28-man AFCON squad list by the Super Eagles interim boss Austin Eguavoen.

Tartaro, the surgeon who operated on Osimhen in November, told Corriere Dello Sport that the player needed more time to heal.

“For the formation of the callus bone, according to world protocols, it takes from sixty to ninety days. Unless a biological miracle,” the surgeon was quoted as saying.

“If he does not do the CT scan, we will not be able to dissolve the prognosis. Reduced fractures must consolidate: I repeat, for the formation of the callus, you have to wait two or three months unless a Christmas biological miracle: but biology is not a fan.”