Victor Osimhen’s eye ‘came out of its SOCKET’ after horrifying facial injury during Napoli’s loss to Inter Milan, reveals his surgeon, with six plates and EIGHTEEN screws used in the three-hour procedure… with the forward set for three months out
- Victor Osimhen broke his cheekbone and eye socket against Inter on Sunday
- He suffered the horrific injury after colliding with Inter defender Milan Skriniar
- Nigerian underwent lengthy surgery on Tuesday and will be out for three months
- Osimhen had 18 screws and six plates fitted in his cheekbone in surgery
Napoli forward Victor Osimhen had 18 screws inserted in his cheekbone to address the horrendous facial injury he suffered last week in the 3-2 defeat against Inter Milan.
The Nigerian sustained fractures to his cheekbone and eye socket after colliding with Inter defender Milan Skriniar and faces a three-month spell on the sideline.
Such was the force of the impact that Osimhen’s eye came out of its socket and his face looked as if it had ‘ended up under a press’, according to Gianpaolo Tartaro, the surgeon who treated the 22-year-old on Tuesday.
Victor Osimhen suffered a horrific facial injury against Inter Milan last weekend
‘He had a series of fractures, it was as if his head had ended up under a press,’ Tartaro told Corriere dello Sport earlier this week.
‘The eye came out of its socket. It is not simple at all, in fact it is very delicate due to the crushing of the socket, due to the curving of the malar bone [which is] practically destroyed.
‘The various fractures, not only the cheekbone, obviously brought complications and six plates and 18 screws had to be inserted.’
Tartaro explained the extent of the injury made the surgery far from straightforward, adding the Nigerian will in all likelihood have to wear a special face covering once he returns to action.
The 22-year-old sustained the injury after colliding with Inter defender Milan Skriniar
Osimhen needed 18 screws and six plates to be inserted in his cheekbone following the injury
‘[Surgery] took three hours, we had to cut him in three places on his face,’ he continued.
‘We have to now look at a special mask for his case. It is not something banal, there is a nerve there, it is all very difficult. We will see how his situation evolves.’
Osimhen will miss the African Cup of Nations in January and may well have to undergo surgery again, Tartaro warned.
‘Victor has to be very careful because if there is a problem he must return to the operating room,’ he said.
The Nigeria star will miss the African Cup of Nations after undergoing surgery on Tuesday
Osimhen has scored nine goals in 14 appearances for Napoli this season, and his injury is a potentially devastating blow for Luciano Spalletti’s men, who are top of Serie A ahead of AC Milan on goal difference after 13 games.
Napoli’s 3-2 loss against Inter last week was their first in Serie A this season and saw the defending champions cut their gap to the duo at the top to four points.
Inter travel to Venezia on Saturday night, while AC Milan host Sassuolo on Sunday afternoon and Napoli take on sixth-placed Lazio on Sunday night.