Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen is is working hard to regain full fitness at his Serie A club, SSC Napoli, following a shoulder injury he sustained during Nigeria versus Sierra Leone 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium Benin City on November 13.
Since copping the injury, Osimhen has missed five Napoli matches – three in the Serie A and two in the Europa League. Without the Nigerian, the Gennaro Gattuso’s team lost 3-1 at home to AC Milan, thumped both Roma and Crotone 4-0 apiece at home and away respectively. In the Europa League, the Partenopei, also without the striker, pipped Rijeka 2-0 at home and drew 1-1 at AZ Alkmaar.
According to a report by Football Italia, Osimhen is set to miss three more matches – one in the Europa League against Real Sociedad this Thursday – December 10, and two Serie A games – a home clash with Sampdoria on December 13 and away to Inter Milan three days later. And his projected return to competitive match action is on December 20, when Napoli face home side Lazio.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian continued with his recovery by working in the gym and on the pitch, Napoli claimed in an official statement.
“Napoli got straight back to work on Monday morning following their win at Crotone,” the statement reads.
“The Azzurri have now turned their attentions to their final Europa League group match, against Real Sociedad on Thursday.
“The squad was split into two groups for the session, with those who started Sunday’s game at the Stadio Ezio Scida doing recovery work in the gym.
“The remainder of the squad began with a warm-up and some passing drills, then focused on tactics, technique, building play and shooting, before finishing with a mini-match and a gym circuit.
“Victor Osimhen had physiotherapy and worked alone in the gym and on the pitch. Kevin Malcuit had physio.”
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