The early return of Victor Osimhen to training has ignited hope of playing for the Super Eagles in Cameroon.
The push for the striker to join the Super Eagles camp in late December has put the NFF on a collision course with Napoli.
Victor Osimhen is the beautiful bride, with club and country needing the Nigerian. Napoli pays his salaries and feels rightly entitled to decide how he recuperates from the latest injury that has kept him on the sidelines. The club wants to tread carefully in ensuring his return to the pitch is with a bang.
On October 21, Napoli lost to Inter Milan 3-2 in a Serie A game. Napoli lost more than just the game. The Neapolitans lost star striker Victor Osimhen to an ugly facial injury.
The injury to Osimhen is well catalogued, and every fan of Napoli and the Super Eagles has a diary of what has transpired. The initial prognosis was that Victor Osimhen would be on the sidelines for at least three months. There has been a turn of events as the player has returned to training earlier than scheduled. The new development has ignited hope of a return to action soon and possibly in the African Cup of Nations in January.
Clash of the titans
After a 2-3 loss to Atalanta, Napoli lost their position at the top of the Serie A log. The Neapolitans were able to progress to the next round of the Europa League following a 3-2 win over Leicester City.
The Italian club is set on a collision course with the Super Eagles of Nigeria following the return to training of Victor Osimhen. The Super Eagles of Nigeria are preparing for the African Cup of Nations next month in Cameroon. Following the less than inspiring displays in the World Cup qualifiers, the Super Eagles need every available leg in Cameroon to help the cause.
The Super Eagles hope to count on Osimhen following his return to training. The new development has irked Napoli.
Napoli look to stop Osimhen from AFCON
The accelerated recovery of Victor Osimhen has inspired some hope in the Super Eagles to count on the striker. The latest development has caused the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to return Osimhen to their plans, pushing for an earlier return.
Following successful surgery, Victor Osimhen was discharged from the hospital. The striker has returned to light training. NFF has thus pushed for the striker to be part of the party to Cameroon.
The Super Eagles camp opens in late December, and the NFF are pushing for Osimhen to be part of the camp so that they can have a closer look at him.
According to Tuttomercato web, it is a decision that does not sit well with Napoli. The Italian club prefers the Nigerian medical to come to Italy to assess the striker and decide on his readiness for AFCON.
Nigeria holds a slim hope that Victor Osimhen would be fit to play for the Super Eagles in Cameroon. The African Cup of Nations kicks off on January 9, with the Super Eagles set for battle against the Pharaohs of Egypt on January 11.
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