Lille Metropole of France striker, Victor Osimhen is in an anxious wait for the outcome of medical checks he undertook to certify the extent of an injury he copped in Ligue 1 action with his club at the weekend, megasportsarena.com reports.
Osimhen went in for immediate checks after he pulled up injured early in the second half of his side’s 3-0 win over Samuel Kalu and Josh Maja’s Girondins-Bordeaux on Saturday, thereby also leaving Lille anxious over the lad, who has notched seven goals during his first season in France.
Lille’s coach, Christophe Galtier admitted he took a risk in lining Osimhen out in the first place, as he recalled that the Super Eagles’ rookie had initially complained of a groin pain earlier in the week, only to declare on match day that he was ready to feature for Les Dogues.
He ended up starting the home tie clash at home tie against Kalu and Maja’s visiting team but, with less than an hour gone at Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Osimhen pulled up injured and had to be replaced in the 58th minute by Loïc Remy, who went on to snatch Lille’s final goal in injury time.
Even after the first set of checks by Lille’s medics, the 20-year-old Osimhen will still undergo further tests to determine how long he will be out on the sidelines, after he was tentatively diagnosed with a adductor injury in his left thigh, which could take a minimum of two weeks to heal.
It could be a huge blow to the roaring season Osimhen has enjoyed so far since arriving from Sporting Charleroi of Belgium, as he is joint-second top of Ligue 1’s goals chart with seven goals, opened his account in the UEFA Champions League against Chelsea, was named Lille’s best in the past month and then received the French league’s overall Player of the Month award for September before kick-off against Bordeaux.
Galtier disclosed: ”He has adductor pain, it can be a hassle. He already had a pain before; we knew that risk was high. I asked him if he could play and he told me he felt good, I was going to take him out but I do not know, we’ll see in the week how it’s going to be, what the exams that will be done will say.”
While Osimhen faces time out, fellow-France-based Eagles’ attacker, Henry Onyekuru has returned to full training with AS Monaco and angling for a return to The Aristocrats’ starting line-up in the coming days.
The 22-year-old has been out of action since the end of September and missed games against Montpellier and Stade Rennais but will now have to battle hard to displace the duo of Wissam Ben Yedder and Islam Slimani, who have both impressed upfront since the club switched to a 3-5-2 formation.
Despite starting Monaco’s first two opening three league games, Onyekuru has since struggled to break into the team and has now been made to look for a possible loan switch in January back to Galatasaray of Turkey, in order to save his chances with the national team.