Victor Osimhen has been ruled out of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations through injury, in what represent a major blow to the Super Eagles.

The 22-year-old was forced off injured during Napoli’s 3-2 defeat to Inter Milan in Serie A on Sunday evening.

Following a clash of heads with defender Milan Skriniar, Osimhen could not complete the game and was replaced by Andrea Petagna four minutes before the hour mark.

The Italian top-flight side, in a statement published on their website, has since revealed how long the former Wolfsburg and Lille player would spend on the sidelines.

“On Tuesday morning, Victor Osimhen was operated on his cheekbone and eye socket by Gianpaolo Tartaro, who was assisted by Dr Mario Santagata with Dr Raffaele Canonico also present,” it read.

“Titanium plates and screws were used in the operation. The player is doing well and will remain under observation for the next few days.

“Osimhen is expected to return to action in three months.”