Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen has been confirmed positive with COVID-19 infection.
Naija News understands that the Italian club revealed the player’s Coronavirus test result on Thursday.
The development is coming amid contention by Napoli on whether to or not allow the Nigerian player to represent his home county in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations games about to kick off in 10 days in Cameroon.
Osimhen, however, is now in self-isolation as his status is being checked as recommended, Naija News reports.
An official statement released by Napoli read: “Napoli has announced that Victor Osimhen has tested positive for Covid-19 but is asymptomatic. Dr. Tartaro was due to perform a check-up on the player tomorrow.
“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.”
Naija News understands that Nigeria had selected Osimhen who is still recovering from a serious injury, as part of its 28-man squad for next month’s Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
Despite being ruled out from playing for three months following a surgery carried out on his face after suffering fractures while playing against Inter Milan in late November, Osimhen had expressed confidence to play for the Super Eagles until the recent development.
In another news, Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has lamented the current situation with the club, expressing doubt about his team winning the 2021/22 English Premier League title.
Naija News reports that Tuchel’s submission is coming after Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw by Brighton on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues have played 20 games in the ongoing campaign and currently sit in second place with 42 points, a point ahead of Liverpool which has a game in hand.
Thomas Tuchel’s side has been affected by a series of injuries and some of the player’s including a coach is currently infected with COVID-19 disease.
According to the Blues manager, it will be ‘stupid’ to think they (Chelsea) are in the Premier League title race.
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