Victor Osimhen, the talented Super Eagles’ player, has revealed that he will wear a mask for the entirety of his football career as a result of a surgery that left two screws in his mouth.
In a recent interview with Brila FM, the Napoli star highlighted the importance of playing with the mask.
When quizzed if he will ever stop wearing the mask, Osimhen said no, because “I had two screws that passed through my jaw inside my mouth.
“The last match I played, I think against Cagliari, when I headed the ball, I had blood in my face, because the goalkeeper hit my face, even with the mask.
“So, it’s dangerous for me without using it, so I have to keep on using it of course,” he added.
Osimhen suffered a fractured eye socket and multiple facial fractures during Napoli’s match against Inter Milan on November 24, 2021, following a collision with Milan Skriniar at the San Siro.
To stabilize his facial features after the horrific injury, Osimhen underwent surgery where 18 metal screws and six plaques were inserted.
Nevertheless, he has been exceptionally successful for both his club and country, playing a crucial role in Napoli’s first Scudetto triumph in 33 years during the 2022/23 Serie A season.
Additionally, he has helped Nigeria qualify for the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Ivory Coast, scoring an impressive 10 goals during the qualifiers and making a mark in the Super Eagles’ initial match of the tournament.