Months after being cleared to play again following a head injury, the 23-year-old Super Eagle is still wearing a mask.
The 23-year-old Nigerian international had suffered an eye socket injury on November 22, 2021, during a Serie A game at San Siro against Inter Milan, which they lost 3-2.
The player’s injury required surgery, which kept him out of action for three months and prevented him from playing for the Super Eagles at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
On January 17, 2022, he made his comeback as Napoli battled to a 2-0 away victory over Bologna. He entered the match in the 71st minute while using a safety mask.
Ruggiero said to Radio Marte via Tutto Napoli, “Osimhen is totally cured; he still wears the protective mask because it gives him a sense of security, but he’s healed.
Despite the injury, Osimhen played 1,992 minutes for Napoli in 27 Serie A matches and made a total of 27 appearances. With a total of 14 goals, he was tied for eighth place on the scorers charts and led his side in league scoring.
Throughout the entire campaign, he also contributed two assists. Osimhen, who joined Napoli from Lille, made 24 Serie A games, contributed three assists and scored 10 goals in the previous year.
On August 15, he will go to Verona to begin Napoli’s top-flight campaign against them at Marcantonio Bentegodi.