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JUST IN: Osimhen tests positive for COVID-19

A day after celebrating his 23rd birthday, Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen has tested positive for COVID-19.

This development is another setback for Osimhen in the build-up to next month’s Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon,

Napoli on Thursday via their Twitter page broke the sad news that Osimhen tested positive for Coronavirus while returning to Italy.

The Nigerian striker at about this time last year also tested positive for the same virus after reportedly attending a surprise party in his honour.

In Nigeria, for a few days for the yuletide celebrations with his family, Osimhen was returning to his base for a scheduled medical check-up meant to ascertain his full recovery from a nasty injury suffered in November.

Now, Napoli has announced their star striker won’t return to Italy as he tested positive for COVID before boarding from Nigeria.

Osimhen had been ruled out for three months, but he started individual training early in December faster than anticipated and was once pictured after a session with a teammate.

A specially designed face mask was also provided for the Super Eagles striker to aid his integration into the group and green light from doctors would have laid to rest the uncertainties around his participation at the 2021 AFCON.

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