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Nigerian Striker Victor Osimhen Suffers a Setback by Contracting Covid-19 for the Second Time

  It has been setback after setback for Victor Osimhen, it seems. With the sudden surge in Covid-19 cases all over the world, especially in ...


It has been setback after setback for Victor Osimhen, it seems. With the sudden surge in Covid-19 cases all over the world, especially in Europe and the scare surrounding the new Omicron variant, contracting Covid-19 for the second time cannot be what a football star wants currently in his life, especially when he is at the peak of his career. 

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For Osimhen, his cheekbone injury had already turned into a stone in his path. He was supposed to get it further assessed in Italy very recently, but has had to cancel all his travel plans because of contracting Covid-19 again. Osimhen suffered quite a few facial fractures and injuries in the game against Inter Milan on the 21st of November 2021. This injury had already put his further football match plans on the back burner and even raised questions about whether he would even be able to go ahead and play in the African Cup of Nations, leading to a lot of sighs from his fans worldwide, especially in Nigeria, but now with a Covid-19 positive test report, everything seems to be even further in doubt. 

Napoli has even provided a statement regarding Osimhen's condition and their further plans. The statement includes,"Consequently, the local authorities have ordered that Osimhen self-isolate and the check-up will be rescheduled after he has tested negative and his period of isolation ends". 

With the already painful procedures such as titanium plates and screws affixed to his cheekbones and eye sockets that had to be performed on Osimhen after he collided his head with that of Inter Milan's Milan Skriniar, this came as a severe blow for the recovering footballer. 

This latest Covid-19 positivity test comes just 12 days before the opening football match at the African Cup of Nations and Osimhen will have to self isolate for at least one week more in order to be declared fit to enter the opening game as a Nigerian striker and this will have to be done at any cost, in order to follow the local protocols put into place. 

Osimhen has been in amazing shape before all his injuries made him take a step or several steps back, to be honest. He had nine goals in place along with two assists for Napoli in just this football season and then he went on to make four more goals for Nigeria in the World Cup 2022 qualifiers, trying his best to get Nigeria to Qatar next year to play and win at the World Cup 2022. 

Osimhen is also, however, not the only football player to get Covid-19 before the big football games this season. Spanish great Barcelona has also announced that the Moroccan forward Abde Ezzalzouli has unfortunately caught the Covid-19 virus and will be self-isolating himself soon. Algeria and Ivory Coast have also pointed out players in their teams who have announced a slew of cases in their pre-tournament camps in Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

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