Galtier Offers Reasons For Osimhen’s Absence From Lille Pre-Season Training

Christophe Galtier, Lille boss, has mentioned the reason Victor Osimhen is yet to join his team-mates for pre-season training.

Lille began preparations for the new season this week with the Super Eagles striker the only absentee.

The 21-year-old, who joined Lille from Belgian Pro League club Sporting Charleroi last summer, lost his father last month to the cold hands of death and has now been granted compassionate leave by the club.

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“Everybody is here. Timothy Weah who returns from injury, does a week of test, just like Yusuf Yazici who is in the evaluation phase after his return,” Galtier told Lille’s official website on Wednesday.

“The only player missing is Victor Osimhen, who recently lost his father.

“At this period, he needs to be close to his family. So we have decided with the club to allow him stay with his family for the funeral.

”He is therefore absent for several days. I give him, like everyone at the club, my total support in this difficult time.”

Osimhen scored 18 goals and provided six assists in 31 appearances across all competitions for Les Dogues last season.