Osimhen needs a miracle to be ready for Afcon – Napoli doctor

Osimhen needs a miracle to be ready for Afcon – Napoli doctor

Napoli’s doctor Professor Gianpaolo Tartaro insists Victor Osimhen needs a miracle to play a part in next year’s African Cup of Nations.

Osimhen is expected to team up with the Super Eagles ahead of the showdown in Cameroon, despite not be declared fit by the doctors.


Recall that Osimhen fractured his cheekbone and eye-socket last November and was operated upon by Doctor Tartaro.

He was expected to be in out of action for at least, but he made a dramatic return to training in early December, and has been named in Nigeria’s squad for the African Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

However, Osimhen is scheduled for another medical checkup in Naples this Friday in order to know extent of his healing via a computerized tomography (CT) scan.

“For the formation of the callus bone, according to world protocols, it takes from sixty to ninety days. Unless a biological miracle,” the surgeon told Corriere Dello Sport, when asked if the striker would be ready for Afcon.

“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.” He said.

Osimhen helped Nigeria qualify for the tournament, scoring four times during the qualifiers.

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