Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen has tested positive for coronavirus on his return to Italy as his side, Napoli confirmed this on Friday.
The 21-year-old has been sidelined since last November after dislocating his shoulder while representing Nigeria in the Africa Cup of Nations.
It was gathered that Osimhen in Belgium, in fact, on December 29, turned 22 and attended a party in his honor reported on Instagram by singer Michael Golden who performed while everyone danced around the footballer without a mask and without distance.
Osimhen himself did not have a mask.
“Napoli can confirm that Victor Osimhen has tested positive for COVID-19 following his return to Italy,” Napoli said in a statement.
“Osimhen is currently asymptomatic and has not come into contact with the rest of the squad.”
Napoli paid French club Lille a club record fee of up to 80 million euros ($94.6 million) to bring the forward to southern Italy on a five-year deal last summer.
Osimhen has scored two goals in six league appearances, but has not played since November 8 because of his shoulder injury.
The positive test could rule him out of the Italian Super Cup against Juventus on January 20 in Reggio Emilia.
Napoli are fifth in Serie A and travel to Cagliari on Sunday as the Italian league returns after the Christmas break.
Osimhen has actually finished physiotherapy and now has to wait for the revascularization from the shoulder and do light workouts with the exercise bike, which he can also do at home in isolation.