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Osimhen Risks Fine of N106M for Breaking Coronavirus Rules

… As he remain unavailable for Napoli, testing positive for Covid-19

By Alexander Johnson Adejoh

Super Eagles star, Victor Osimhen, recently returned a positive test upon his return to Italy, having been granted leave to spend time in Lagos over the festive season.

This is even as Osimhen, risks being fined by his club, Napoli after he was caught breaking coronavirus rules.

Fides learnt that footage has emerged of Napoli’s most expensive player in history celebrating his 22nd Birthday in Lagos without regard for social distancing measures and he was not wearing a face mask.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the maximum fine for breaking coronavirus rules is fifty percent of the gross monthly salary of the player.

Osimhen who earns approximately 375,000 euros every month at Napoli, could be fined up to 187,500 euros (approximately N106 million in Nigerian currencies).

The initial plan was for Napoli to whip Osimhen into shape before they take to the field against Juventus in the Italian Super Cup on January 20, 2021 but the date is now questionable as the striker is currently self-isolating at his house in Posillipo and not all treatment will be possible.

‘Napoli reports that footballer Victor Osimhen tested positive for the molecular naso-pharyngeum swab on his return from abroad yesterday afternoon. The player is asymptomatic and has not met the team group,’ the club posted on Twitter.

Fides learnt that Osimhen will go into isolation and only return to the Napoli group once he returns negative tests, further extending his time on the sidelines.

Recall that the 22-year-old has been out of action since dislocating his shoulder while playing for Nigeria in their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania in November 2020.

However, Osimhen has netted two goals in eight Serie A matches since joining the Neapolitans ahead of the 2020-21 Season.

The Nigerian forward will miss matches for the Italian side and his return for the Neapolitans will depend on how quickly he can return a negative Covid test and how far his rehabilitation of the shoulder injury has progressed.