Nigeria and Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen, says he has 18 screws in his face, which put him in severe pain.
Osimhen, 23, suffered a clash of heads in a Serie A match clash against Inter Milan at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium on November 21, 2021, a match Napoli lost 3-2.
In an interview with Wazobia FM, the Super Eagles star said he had initially thought the clash of heads was not bad and within two weeks he would be back in action, but it was not the case.
The former Lille attacker said, “That injury I had against Inter Milan was like a near-death injury. I am the only one that felt it, and I can only speak about how I felt because it was my face and body.
“But to be able to stand up without using the stretcher, walk out of the pitch on my own, then I knew that it was something I could handle.
“For me, as I got to the hospital, I told my doctor that I would be out for two weeks maximum.”
Osimhen continued, “When the scan came out, I fractured many bones, which they had to remove and fix inside again.
“I have like 18 screws under my jaw. I went through a lot. A lot of sleepless nights. I could not sleep, I could not eat with the pain. But at the end of the day, I am a lion, and I know the kind of mentality I have.
“In my mind, I had already scheduled my return following the surgery.”
Despite the challenge, Osimhen went on to score 18 goals that season. The striker has since found the target 28 times through two seasons at Napoli.