Napoli has announced that striker Victor Osimhen will not return to Italy after testing positive for COVID before boarding the plane from Nigeria.
Osimhen has been named to Nigeria’s squad for the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon in 2021.
On Friday, the 23-year-old was scheduled to return to Naples for an evaluation of his cheekbone injury.
Following the injury, he was ruled out for three months, but doctors later gave him the all-clear to resume training.
However, the swab test he had before boarding in Nigeria on Thursday (today) came back positive, so the forward did not leave his home country.
“SSC Napoli announces that the player Victor James Osimhen tested positive, asymptomatic, at Covid-19 during the execution of the swab before the trip to Italy, where a check-up by Prof. Tartaro was scheduled for tomorrow,” reads a statement on the club’s website.
” Consequently, the local authorities have ordered the isolation of the player and the check-up will be rescheduled after the negativization and his return to the community.”
Osimhen had already tested positive for COVID one year ago, when he returned to Nigeria to celebrate his birthday.