Victor Osimhen out for 3 months after undergoing surgery on his cheekbone and eye socket, to miss AFCON

Victor Osimhen has been ruled out of action for three months after undergoing surgery on his cheekbone and eye socket.

The Nigeria international suffered the injury in Napoli’s 3-2 loss to champions Inter Milan at the San Siro after colliding with Inter defender Milan Skriniar on Sunday.

He was taken to the hospital immediately after leaving the pitch and was discharged on Monday after being diagnosed with an orbital and cheekbone injury.

Serie A leaders Napoli gave update in a statement released on their official website on Tuesday.

“On Tuesday morning, Victor Osimhen was operated on his cheekbone and eye socket by Gianpaolo Tartaro, who was assisted by Dr Mario Santagata with Dr Raffaele Canonico also present.

“Titanium plates and screws were used in the operation.

“The player is doing well and will remain under observation for the next few days.

“Osimhen is expected to return to action in three months.”

Following the report by Napoli, Osimhen will now miss the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

The tournament will run from 9th January to 6th February, 2022.

So far this season, the 22-year-old has scored nine goals and provided two assists in 14 games in all competitions.

He has been Nigeria’s first-choice striker since 2019 after the retirement of Odion Ighalo. He has been in good form for the national team scoring four goals in their Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifying Group C.

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