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Why does Napoli striker Victor Osimhen wear a mask?

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VICTOR OSIMHEN is one of the hottest strikers in European football.

The Napoli striker scored 19 club goals last season and has bagged two this term, but the Serie A side have slapped an £102million price tag on him.

Victor Osimhen won a penalty for Napoli against Liverpool in the 2022-23 Champions League group stages - but missed the spot kick

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Victor Osimhen won a penalty for Napoli against Liverpool in the 2022-23 Champions League group stages – but missed the spot kickCredit: AP

The Nigerian missed nine games at the end of 2021 due to a nasty injury but has come back looking to make an impact on the Champions League and Serie A this term.

Why does Victor Osimhen wear a mask?

Osimhen, 23, fractured his eye socket during Napoli’s 3-2 defeat at Inter Milan on November 24.

That was one of many facial fractures he suffered after a clash of heads with Milan Skriniar at the San Siro.

He had 18 metal screws and six plaques inserted to stabilise his facial features following the horror injury.

Osimhen returned to action for Napoli’s 2-0 win at Bologna in Serie A on January 17 and was wearing a carbon fibre mask.

He originally found the mask irritating but has slowly become used to the protective item.

The Nigerian continued to use the mask in the 2022-23 season, sporting it during the 4-1 win over Liverpool.

And tonight in the return fixture against the Reds, he’s wearing it again.



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