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Victor Osimhen is set to miss out on AFCON 2021

Super Eagles and Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen will miss the 2021 African Cup of Nations holding in Cameroon early next year.

This is as the 22-year-old underwent a successful surgery on his cheekbone and eye socket which will keep him out of action for three months.

His club confirmed this in a Tuesday statement.

Osimhen was forced out of Napoli’s 3-2 Serie A defeat to Inter Milan on Sunday evening at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

He had collided with Milan defender, Skriniar.

The Lagos-born striker played a key role in Nigeria’s qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup play-offs. Aside from his exploits in Italy, he has scored nine goals in his last ten matches for the three-time African Champions in all competitions.

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

Nigeria’s first-choice striker since Odion Ighalo’s 2019 retirement, Osimhen was instrumental to the Super Eagles’ qualification for the 2021 AFCON.

Also, he will miss at least 16 Serie A fixtures for the Naples-based team – starting with Sunday’s showdown at Lazio.

Before the showdown against Inter, legendary defender Giuseppe Bergomi warned the Black and Blues to raise their defensive line when they come face to face with the African star.

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