Lille head Coach, Christophe Galtier, has explained Victor Osimhen’s absence from the Mastiffs’ pre-season camp is due to compassionate leave.
The Young lanky forward is currently in Nigeria to spend time with his family following the passing away of his aged father.
Osimhen could join the French side for their preparatory schedules before the end of June but it is uncertain when that would be.
With the French league 2019/2020 season halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, Lille are left with no option than to prepare for incoming season – as they would be campaigning in the Europa League.
Speaking to the club’s website, Galtier gave an update about his team as well as the whereabouts of the Super Eagles number nine.
“Everyone is here. Tim Weah, who returns from injury, has a week of tests, as does Yusuf Yazici who is in an evaluation phase following his return,” he said.
“The only person missing the call is Victor Osimhen, who had the misfortune of losing his father during this terrible period and who has not been able to be close to his family.
“So we decided, with the club, to leave him with his family for the funeral. He is therefore absent for a few days.
“I send to him, like all of LOSC, my full support in this difficult period.”
The 21-year-old was announced as the club’s Player of the season, following his startling displays for the French side in the 2019-20 campaign.
Osimhen was recruited as a replacement for Cote d’Ivoire international Nicolas Pepe who joined Arsenal in a club-record fee of £72 million.
In his debut season at Stade Pierre-Mauroy, he finished as Ligue 1 top scorer in Christophe Galtier’s team, contributing 13 goals and four assists in 27 games as they finished fourth in the league table.