Osimhen may return to action before AFCON

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Osimhen is in a race against time to make the AFCON in January.

The latest reports suggest that Osimhen is in line for early recovery and should make the tournament.

Perhaps the Super Eagles of Nigeria and its fans should tone down the expectations for a timely return to action of Victor Osimhen. A lot seems hinged on the player’s return, which might turn into disappointment at the end of the day.

The diary of Victor Osimhen since his injury is well publicized. There is a daily report on his recovery progress.

Osimhen is undoubtedly important to Napoli and the Super Eagles, but it is starting to look like the return of the messiah.

Nigeria possesses a plethora of strikers that need confidence reposed in them to deliver. The Super Eagles and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) are depending on the final article for success at the African Cup of Nations in January.

With that said, Victor Osimhen is making quick and steady progress in his recovery from surgery performed a few weeks ago. The forward is racing against time to be ready for AFCON hosted by Cameroon in January.

Osimhen to shock many with an early return to action

Napoli are going through a torrid time these past few weeks in the absence of their top hitman Victor Osimhen. While the Italian side is looking forward to an early return to action, Nigeria is also counting on the availability of the star striker for AFCON.

The initial prognosis for his return was February 2022, which would have effectively put him out of contention for a place in the Super Eagles to AFCON. It seems that Osimhen is going to tear the doctor’s prognosis to shreds as he is on course to return earlier than expected.

Osimhen has been out for about three weeks, but the latest report suggests that the 22-year-old could be back in action soon. The Napoli forward is already in training and working towards competitive football. The doctors suggest that with the rate his recovery is going, he could be in time for the game against AC Milan at the San Siro on December 19.

Rubbishing the doctors' report

Three weeks ago, Victor Osimhen sustained a horrible facial injury in a collision of heads with Inter Milan’s Milan Skrinniar. The latest reports suggest he could make his return in the same stadium where he copped the injury in a couple of weeks.

After a successful surgery, the former Lille hitman has resumed individual training, and with his recent progress, might soon join the rest of the pack.

As per Calciomercato, Football Italia reports that the latest prognosis of Osimhen’s return to action depends on quickly his injury heals and how the striker reacts to his protective mask. Everything could fall in place before the game against AC Milan at the San Siro.

If Osimhen passes the doctor’s assessment of his recovery, he could be fighting for a place in the squad as early as next week.

Osimhen’s progress is fantastic news for the Super Eagles handlers who need the striker to be fit in time for AFCON.

This article was most recently revised and updated 6 months ago

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