The Nigerian striker left quite an impression on the specialist who operated on the cheekbone and eye-socket injuries he sustained at the weekend
Italian surgeon Gianpaolo Tartaro has revealed his admiration for Victor Osimhen after meeting the Napoli forward during the surgical procedure done to correct the multiple fractures the youngster suffered to his face on Sunday.
Osimhen sustained the complicated injury to his cheekbone and orbital during Napoli’s Serie A clash with champions Inter Milan at the San Siro.
Tartaro, a plastic and aesthetic surgeon, led the team of specialists who successfully operated on Osimhen on Monday.
The Italian doctor admitted he found a ‘special boy’ in Osimhen.
Tartaro revealed he told Osimhen that, even though the surgery done on the Nigerian striker was an unusual procedure, it was a success. The Italian Professor is convinced Osimhen is healthy enough to go on and win the league title.
“I also told Victor, a special boy, that it was not a normal operation,” Tartaro told Corriere dello Sport, as per TuttoNapoli.
“But it’s done and now I’m asking him to go and win the Scudetto. “
Napoli stated after the surgery that Osimhen would be out of action for three months, ruling him out of about 16 matches for the club and the Africa Cup of Nations tournament in January for Nigeria.
Professor Tartaro confirmed that it would be difficult for the Super Eagles star to participate in the continental championship as he would not train for at least two months.
Tartaro added: “A real training, with contact, (Osimhen) will not be able to do it for eight to nine weeks.
“It is impossible to think that he will go to the African Cup: his body and his face they came out distorted by the impact.”
Osimhen is Napoli’s leading goal scorer this term, with nine goals in 13 appearances in the Italian Serie A and Europa League combined.
The former Lille ace also topped the goal chart for Nigeria during the World Cup qualifying campaign with dour strikes.