The fresh coronavirus test carried out Monday on Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen has returned positive, Napoli has announced.
The club on its official Twitter handle made the disclosure even as they stated the procedure will be repeated again this week.
The club wrote: “The molecular nasopharyngeal swab carried out this morning to the footballer Victor Osimhen, resulted in a positive result in Covid-19. The player will repeat the test this week.”
📌 | Il tampone naso-faringeo molecolare effettuato questa mattina al calciatore Victor Osimhen, ha dato come risultato esito positivo al Covid-19.
Il giocatore ripeterà il test in settimana. pic.twitter.com/zPfpwRdxgT
— Official SSC Napoli (@sscnapoli) January 11, 2021
Osimhen had first tested positive on New Year’s Day on arrival in Naples from Lagos.
He has since been self-isolating but ten days after, Napoli announced the player remains positive.
While in Lagos, it was gathered that Osimhen attended a surprise birthday party where it was believed he contracted the virus.
However, the 21-year old has issued an apology even as he corrected insinuations he was being wayward during the yuletide celebrations.
He said: “I am so sorry for what happened, I was wrong to go to Nigeria in this moment, even if I have many loved ones over there, including my brothers.
“I was wrong to take part in the party. I didn’t understand the severity of what I was doing. I apologise to the club, the coach, the team, and the fans.”
Having acquired the 21-year old for a record transfer fee, Napoli will be pained by the turn of events in the past three months.