SSC Napoli of Italy striker, Victor Osimhen was again in the new for the wrong reason on Sunday, as he had to be rushed to hospital during an Italian Serie A match his team played away to Atalanta, while Joe Aribo scored in Scotland and Tyronne Ebuehi followed suit in Holland, megasportsarena.com reports.
Megasportsarena.com gathered that Osimhen is now recovering on a hospital bed, after the former VfL Wolfsburg of Germany, Sporting Charleroi of Belgium and Lille Metropole of France hitman, who only recently returned from a dislocated shoulder and infection with coronavirus, was placed on admission after collapsing in his side’s 4-2 loss at Atalanta.
The product of Ultimate Strikes Football Academy of Ojota, Lagos, who dislocated his shoulder in Benin City, while on Super Eagles’ duty against Sierra Leone in November, was stretchered off after Sunday’s Serie A game, but no reason was given why he was taken to hospital.
Napoli’s coach, Gennaro Gattuso had, however, during the past week revealed that the 22-year-old striker, who earlier had to distance himself from critical comments by his older brother, Andrew about the gaffer and club’s management in their treatment of the player, had been playing with a strap around his shoulder.
Additional reports from The Land of The Azzuri revealed that Osimhen lost consciousness in the closing minutes of the game and was stretchered off after hitting his head on the turf following a challenge by Cristian Romero.
Italian sports daily Corriere dello Sport reported that Osimhen was attended to by Professor Canonico and regained consciousness in the ambulance that transported him to Papa Giovanni 23 Hospital, where tests revealed that the under pressure youngster had suffered a head injury.
It is a major setback for the Chile 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup gold medalist and top scorer, who has failed to hit target in eight consecutive matches since his comeback at Napoli, as he was forced off in the closing stages of his side’s loss to The Goddess at Gewiss Stadium.
Before collapsing, Osimhen struggled to make much of an impact in the mach, as he completed only two dribbles and got only one shot, as Duvan Zapata opened scoring for Atalanta in the 52nd minute before Piotr Zielinski leveled for The Parthenopeans six minutes later.
Osimhen has only played 16 games across all competitions for Napoli, scoring two goals and providing one assist since his €80 million move from Lille last summer, while Napili are now winless in their last two games, after also losing against Granada in a Europa League game last time out.
With the defeat, The Parthenopeans have dropped to the seventh spot on the league table after gathering 40 points from 22 games and Osimhen’s injury could be a big blow for Super Eagles’ coach, Gernot Rohr, who is set to name the forward in his team for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in March.
In Holland, injury-prone full-back, Tyronne Ebuehi scored for FC Twente in a 2-2 draw with high-flying Feyenoord at De Grolsch Veste on Sunday, after he had gone 1,906 minutes without hitting the net with his first goal for Ron Jans’ side.
Danilo gave Twente the lead from the penalty spot in the 13th minute and a minute later Ebuehi increased the lead with a right-footed shot, Jens Toornstra halved the deficit on 24 minutes before Steven Berghuis equalised midway through the second half.
With the exception of a 1-0 home loss to VVV Venlo on January 24, Ebuehi has started every single game played by Twente in the Dutch Eredivisie this term, 22 in total, proving that his injury problems are truly over, though his team threw away a two-goal lead to settle for a point against their visitors from Rotterdam.
In England, Shola Shoretire made his professional debut for Manchester United and helped The Red Devils beat Newcastle United 3-1 and regain second place in the English Premier League, with the lad in jersey number 74 entering as an 89th minute substitute for Marcus Rashford.
The 17-year-old Shoretire, who has been thriving in United’s under-23 squad and was promoted to first team training two weeks ago after signing his first professional contract, first got a taste of the senior team in the UEFA Europa League round of 32 clash against Real Sociedad of Spain.
However, Sunday’s EPL experience was one laced with lots of nostalgia, as Shoretire has fond memories of early days with Newcastle, where he played for their academy team before moving to Old Trafford, where he has been since the age of nine.
In Spain, Kenneth Omeruo helped UD Leganes defeat Tenerife 1-0 at Estadio Municipal de Butarque, where the former Sunshine Stars of Akure, Standard Liege of Belgium, ADO Den Haag of Holland, Middlesbrough and Chelsea of England as well as Kasimpasa and Alayanspor of Turkey center back was in top form for the home team.
Omeruo played a key role in helping his side set a record of five straight victories, which is a new mark of record for consecutive wins for The Pepineros, who beat their previous four-match run of wins achieved three times in the past.
The dark-skinned stopper has gone the distance in all the matches in the winning run, against Lugo, Girona, Albacete Balompié, Almeria and Tenerife, with their latest triumph sealed eight minutes into the second half, when Javi Hernández netted the game-winning goal.
In Scotland, Glasgow Ranges’ midfielder, Joe Aribo scored for the second game running in all competitions, as The Light Blues thrashed Dundee United 4-1 at Ibrox Stadium on Sunday, where he also set up the opening goal scored by Ianis Hagi in the 35th minute.
The Romanian diverted the ball home after the Super Eagles star fired at goal and, two minutes into the second half, ribo struck home a screamer from inside the box to put Steven Gerrard’s side in cruise control.
The former Charlton Athletic of England dazzler has now scored 16 goals in 78 matches across all competitions since joining Rangers, with the Light Blues winning fourteen and drawing just once against St. Johnstone in February 2020 in the fifteen matches he got on the scoresheet.
The soft-spoken midfielder was at his very best during a game that saw his Nigerian compatriot, Leon Aderemi Balogun continue in a right-back role in the absence of skipper James Tavernier and provided the assist for Rangers’ second goal scored by Ryan Kent in the 38th minute.
Aribo told Rangers TV afterwards: “The boys are buzzing; we knew it wasn’t going to be an easy game. We had to start fast and give all we could in the game to get a foothold and just keep going throughout the whole 90 minutes.”
“Everyone in training says I just like to finesse and curl it but I’ve been practicing so I just thought I would put my laces through it and thankfully it went in. I just want to finish the season strong, keep pushing, keep going and giving all that I can and I am happy that I’m getting positive results.”