Controversy is spreading through the rank and file at SSC Napoli of Italy, as accusations, counter-accusations and denials are rolling in varying dimensions over the shoulder injury copped by the Italian Serie A club’s costliest signing ever, Victor Osimhen during action with the Super Eagles, megasportsarena.com reports.
While a report in the Italian media states that Napoli’s doctors have blamed the Eagles’ medical crew for not handling Osimhen’s shoulder dislocation well while trying to put it back into place when he was forced off during last month’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against visiting Sierra Leone at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City, the club are yet to make any official statement in that regard and the player appeared to deny the story.
The original report was provided by usually reliable Italian media outlet, Tuttosport, which did not provide any quote in its exposé that Napoli’s medics were not happy with the handling of the injury suffered by Osimhen during Nigeria’s 4-4 draw with Sierra Leone in the Edo State capital on November 13.
The report claims the Eagles’ medical crew tried to forcefully pop Osimhen’s dislocated shoulder back into place on the field before he was eventually taken off on a stretcher, only for the injury to appear more complicated than initially thought when he returned to Italy, where Tuttosport claims specialist consultation and tests revealed addition damage that has prevented the Chile 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup top scorer from lifting his arm properly.
The report adds that Osimhen has suffered complications due to alleged ‘incorrect technique applied’ by the Eagles’ doctors, which is said to have inflamed a tendon in the youngster’s shoulder, thereby extending his time out on the sidelines.
Top brass at Napoli are also reportedly angry with the player’s continued absence from action and the longer time he is taking to make a full recovery his recovery time, while the club’s coach, Gennaro Gattuso was quoted as revealing that Osimhen has been ‘upset and not smiling’ since copping the injury; even as latest information indicates that he could return to action this week.
An entry on social media via @footballitalia noted: “According to Tuttosport, Napoli medics believe Nigerian doctors did more damage to Victor Osimhen’s shoulder while trying to put it back into place;” but the former VfL Wolfsburg of Germany, porting Charleroi of Belgium and Lille Metropole of France star provided a follow-up post to deny the report.
However, the ‘rebuttal’ by Osimhen, who has missed Napoli’s last five matches, including last Thursday’s visit to AZ Alkmaar of Holland in the UEFA Europa League, was very short and coy, probably playing safe and trying to avoid committing himself in the quagmire of accusations, as he simply posted on Saturday: “Not true tho❌ X.”