Confusion over Osimhen’s availability for AFCON
Serie A side Napoli have said Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen will be out of action for about 90 days after a successful surgery which will effectively rule him out of the 2021 African Cup of Nations which will begin in January 2022.
But the position of the club negates that of the surgeon Gianpaolo Tartaro who operated on him on Tuesday.
The striker was operated on his cheekbone and eye socket by Tartaro, who was assisted by Dr Mario Santagata with Dr Raffaele Canonico also present.
Based on the initial prognosis by Napoli, Osimhen has been ruled out of the African Cup of Nations which begins in Cameroon on January 9, 2022.
The recent medical update by Napoli contradicts the earlier statements credited to Dr. Tartaro, the surgeon who performed the operation on the Super Eagles striker.
“In a week Osimhen will be able to start exercising again. In 15 days he will be able to run and in six weeks he will be able to train. Even if we have to wait to say it: the times can only be evaluated after the surgery, ” Tartaro told Italian newspaper Il Mattino on Tuesday morning.
Napoli manager Spalletti, before the official statement, had said he was confident in Osimhen making a comeback on 19 December, against Milan, according to Sportmediaset.