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‘Feels good to be back’ – Nigeria’s Osimhen delighted to return for Napoli after injury scare

12:13 EAT 18/01/2022
Victor Osimhen of Nigeria and Napoli.
The 23-year-old is thankful after making a return to action for the Partenopei in the vital win against Bologna

Victor Osimhen has revealed his joy after kicking the ball again for Napoli in their 2-0 Serie A win against Bologna on Monday night.

The 23-year-old Super Eagle last featured for the Partenopei on November 21, 2021, against Inter Milan at San Siro when he suffered a cheekbone injury after a clash with Milan Skriniar.

The injury incident had happened in the 55th minute of the game and he was replaced by Andrea Petagna with Napoli going on to lose the fixture 3-2.

However, after 57 days out injured, the Super Eagle finally returned to action on Monday as he was introduced as a substitute in the second half while wearing a protective mask.

Although Osimhen did not find the back of the net, Napoli laboured to a crucial victory after a double from Hirving Lozano saw them return home with maximum points at Stadio Dall’Ara in Bologna.

Osimhen has taken to his social media pages to hail his return to action.

“Feels so good to be back,” Osimhen wrote. “Solid performance from the boys. Onto the next one, God is the greatest, we move on.”

Before sustaining the injury, Osimhen was enjoying a good start at Napoli and he had managed five top-flight goals from 12 appearances.

Osimhen was among the players named by interim coach Augustine Eguavoen for the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon but he could not make it.

At first, Napoli had ruled him out of the competition owing to the injury but after he recovered earlier than expected, he declared himself fit to feature in the 33rd edition.

However, after travelling to Nigeria to link up with the Super Eagles squad, Osimhen contracted Covid-19 meaning he was required to isolate for 14 days.

On recovering from Covid-19, Osimhen could not join Nigeria in Cameroon and, instead, opted to travel back to Italy under Napoli's instructions so as to undergo further medical care.

Nigeria have already qualified for the Round of 16 of the competition after winning their opening fixtures – 1-0 against Egypt and 3-1 against Sudan.

The Super Eagles will conclude their group phase matches with a clash against Guinea-Bissau at Roumde Adjia Stadium on Wednesday.