Victor Osimhen has been excluded from the Super Eagles international friendlies against Algeria and Tunisia, after a local health authority in the southern Italian region ASL banned Napoli players from traveling.
The Nigeria Football Federation announced Osimhen’s withdrawal from the squad on Sunday via its Twitter handle.
The NFF stated that Genk striker, Paul Onuachu, has been invited in place of the new Napoli striker.
Onuachu is the highest scoring Nigerian in Europe this season with seven goals in seven games.
“@victorosimhen9 has been excused from @NGSuperEagles’ games against Algeria and Tunisia. His replacement is Paul Onuachu. #Team9jaStrong #SoarSuperEagles,” it tweeted.
Coronavirus cases among Italian football clubs have risen in the past few days, with Genoa reporting 22 cases, while two staff members at Juventus have also been diagnosed with the virus.
Napoli duo Elif Elmas and Piotr Zielinski have also caught the virus and ASL does not want to risk further spreading of the disease in the area.
Osimhen has scored four goals in eight appearances for the Eagles.