Victor Osimhen had to be stretched off in considerable pain as he suffered an injury to his wrist in Friday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone.
The Napoli forward, who scored Nigeria’s second goal in the eight-goal thriller at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, was replaced by Paul Onuachu in the 78th minute of the game.
Osimhen was challenging one of the Leone Stars defenders when he tangled and fell awkwardly on his wrist.
The former Lille and Wolfsburg forward was quickly surrounded by his teammates, before being carried from the pitch by a motorised stretcher.
Coach Gernot Rohr will be hoping that the injury to his form player - who has contributed four goals in his last four games - is not too serious ahead of the return leg billed for Freetown in four days' time.
Despite racing to a 4-0 lead within 29 minutes, the three-time African champions collapsed in the second half and goalkeeper Maduka Okoye leaked four goals with Al-Hadji Kamara getting a brace, while the duo of captain Mustapha Bundu and Kwame Quee found the net as well.
Given the obvious severity of the injury, former Real Madrid midfielder and La Liga ambassador Mutiu Adepoju immediately tweeted a message of support for the 21-year-old.
Get well soon Victor Osimhen and I hope the injury won't keep you out for long.— Mutiu Adepoju (@MutiuAdepoju8) November 13, 2020
“Get well soon Victor Osimhen and I hope the injury won't keep you out for long,” Adepoju tweeted.
Despite the draw in Benin City, Rohr’s men lead Group L with seven points from three games.