Victor Osimhen’s injury history has become a major concern for his club, Napoli, as reported by sources in Italy.
Since joining the club in 2020, the striker has been sidelined for a total of 55 matches due to various injuries. This figure is expected to rise to 58 games in the coming days.
The 24-year-old is not anticipated to participate in the next three matches against Salernitana, Union Berlin, and Empoli.
In addition to his injury woes, he has also missed 3 games due to suspensions, bringing the total count to 61 games missed. All of this has occurred in just the past two months of the current season.
Osimhen’s injury troubles began with a shoulder dislocation during a national team match in November 2020, which led to his absence for 15 games.
He also missed 6 matches due to COVID and 3 more due to a head injury in February 2021. In October of the same year, a calf strain kept him out of 2 games, followed by a 12-game absence caused by a fractured cheekbone resulting from a clash with Skriniar against Inter.
He missed two more games in the 2021/22 season due to COVID and an additional 7 games last season due to injuries sustained during a match against Liverpool.
Furthermore, he missed 4 games in the spring due to an adductor injury. His most recent setback occurred while representing the national team against Saudi Arabia, sidelining him for at least four weeks.
Missing 61 games is a significant concern for a player earning a net salary of five million a year, and Napoli is beginning to reevaluate the situation.
The general sentiment within the club is that Osimhen has practically missed an entire season of action, which typically includes around 50 games between league and cup competitions.
It remains uncertain whether he will return after the upcoming break in November. It’s also worth noting that he will be participating in the Africa Cup of Nations in January, which means he will miss additional matches.
Napoli is now contemplating the possibility of selling the star striker, especially with his contract set to expire in the summer of 2025.
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