Man Utd and Chelsea transfer target Victor Osimhen ‘could have lost his sight’ after suffering horror facial injury

GettyEMPOLI, ITALY – FEBRUARY 25: Victor Osimhen of SSC Napoli looks on during the Serie A match between Empoli FC and SSC Napoli at Stadio Carlo Castellani on February 25, 2023 in Empoli, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)[/caption]

MANCHESTER UNITED transfer target Victor Osimhen “could have lost his sight” due to the horror facial injury he suffered in November 2021.

Nigerian star Osimhen, 24, has fired Napoli 18 points clear at the top of the Serie A table in their pursuit of a first title since 1990.

GettyVictor Osimhen ‘could have lost his sight’ after his horror head injury in November 2021[/caption]

APHe still wears a face mask now after a nasty clash of heads left him needing surgery[/caption]

He further strengthened his blossoming reputation and continued his scoring streak for the Italian side against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Champions League last week as they claimed a 2-0 away first-leg win.

He followed that up with his 21st goal of the season in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Empoli.

Recent reports have emerged suggesting Man Utd are preparing to launch a staggering £107million transfer bid.

Liverpool and Chelsea are also believed to be looking at launching a mega move for him.

However, it has now emerged that Europe’s most in-demand forward actually came within centimetres of being left permanently blind following a clash of heads with Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar last season.

Osimhen required surgery which involved placing six plaques and 18 screws being put into his face after suffering multiple fractures to the cheekbone and orbital bone.

The ace was sidelined for over two months and has played with a protective mask ever since – even though it is no longer technically required.

The surgeon who performed the operation, Professor Gianpaolo Tartaro, has now revealed just how fortunate the attacker was.

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He told Radio CRC: “The orbital bone stopped just in time, because Osimhen could even have lost his sight.

“That bone could indeed have caused other problems, but fortunately some factors helped us and the eye was able to go back into its socket.

“The plaques do not need to be removed unless there is an urgent need, for example they develop an infection. The titanium could alter an X-Ray, but I don’t think Osimhen wants them removed.

“When we performed the surgery, we used the best quality plaques in the world and had to study very carefully where to place them, so there was protection should the player have to head the ball.”

On Osimhen continuing to wear the mask, Tartaro added: “He seems to play even better than he did before, it gives him security. He has become world class.”