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‘Osimhen out of hospital, still under observation’

By Editor |   23 February 2021   |   3:33 am  

Soccer Football – Serie A – Hellas Verona v Napoli – Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi, Verona, Italy – January 24, 2021 Napoli’s Victor Osimhen reacts REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen, who was rushed to hospital following a clash of heads with an Atalanta player during their Serie A game at the weekend, has been allowed to go home. The Napoli star is however still being observed by medics.

Osimhen spent the night in Bergamo after suffering a head injury in the dying minutes of the Partenopei’s 4-2 loss at the Gewiss Stadium on Sunday evening.

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Concern arose as the Nigerian suffered what appeared to be a mystery injury, and was run off the pitch on a stretcher and transferred to hospital.

Osimhen didn’t travel back to Campania with his Napoli teammates on Sunday evening, instead of staying overnight in the hospital while awaiting test results.

Yesterday, though, he was cleared to leave the hospital and is free to head home.

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Osimhen has had his fair share of injury problems already this season, and a positive case of COVID-19 as well.

The centre-forward was afforded his 10th league appearance in the encounter since teaming up with the club last summer.

Osimhen made his contribution as Gennaro Gattuso’s men suffered their second consecutive defeat, after also losing against Granada in the Europa League.

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With few minutes before the end of the game, the forward collided with Romero and fell awkwardly, hitting the back of his head on the turf before losing consciousness.

“Victor Osimhen, following the injury with head trauma suffered in the final minutes of Atalanta-Napoli, underwent tests with negative results,” read a statement from the club website. “The player will remain in Bergamo until tomorrow under the clinical observation of the blue health manager Raffaele Canonico.”

Although the club did not state the duration Osimhen would be on the sidelines, it is certain that the forward will miss Napoli’s second leg round of 32 of their Europa League game against Granada on Thursday.

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