Flying Eagles’ goal machine, Victor Osimhen, is down with a shoulder injury ahead of the U-20 AFCON qualifier against Burundi.
Osimhen performed creditably well as the Nigeria U-20 team piped their U-23 counterparts 2-1 on Thursday.
However, the good outing by the VSL Wolfsburg youngster has been blighted by the injury blow suffered in the test game which went down at the FIFA Goal’s Project Pitch in Abuja.
PREMIUM TIMES gathered that Osimhen pulled a serious shoulder injury in Thursday’s test game and he is now a major injury concern for Nigeria ahead of an U-20 AFCON qualifier in Burundi next week.
As always, Osimhen was on the scorers’ sheet, netting the winning goal in the 2-1 victory over Samson Siasia’s Dream Team VI. But the sore point was when he was forced out after he pulled his left shoulder following a clash with his marker.
The 17-year-old striker was said to be in serious pain and subsequently had an ice pack around the affected left shoulder.
Flying Eagles Coach Emmanuel Amuneke confirmed Osimhen’s injury setback but remain
ed positive that it may not be something serious as earlier feared.
“A proper assessment of the injury will be carried out, we hope it is not something too serious,” the U-17 World Cup winning coach said.
“He needs to see the doctor first before we decide anything and until then, we don’t know and we cannot make a decision yet,” Amuneke added.
Already, the Burundi Football Federation confirmed that the clash between that country’s U-20 squad and the Flying Eagles will take place at the Prince Louis Stadium in Bujumbura on Saturday, 21st May, starting from 3pm Burundi time (1pm Nigeria time).