Newly appointed Nigeria manager Augustine Eguavoen has named two players who are in contention to replace Osimhen in the team, if the lanky striker does not make a full recovery before the African Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
The former Eagles captain revealed that Watford star Emmanuel Dennis and Union Berlin forward Taiwo Awoniyi, stand to benefit from the absence of the Napoli’s talisman.
Osimhen has not played competitively for the Partenopei since sustaining a fractured eye socket and cheekbone during Napoli’s clash against Inter Milan on November 21.
Following the former Lille successful surgery the issue and initial prognosis had suggested he would be out of action until February 21, 2022.
However, recent developments has it that specialists are studying how to design a customized protective carbon mask to protect his face.
Eguavoen in an interview with the press said: “Firstly, we hope that he is recovered fully from his injury and that the club will allow him to join the team.”
“However, if this does happen, I am sure that Victor would be cheering for the success of the team. We also have other players like Taiwo Awoniyi and Emmanuel Dennis.”
While every hope is not lost on having Osimhen on the plane to Cameroon, the duo of Awoniyi and Dennis will hope to continue their impeccable form for their respective clubs for them to get a look in from the Eagles coaches.
This article was updated 7 months ago