The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has said they are expecting Victor Osimhen to arrive at the Super Eagles camp in Abuja by January 3.
The 22-year-old, who is recovering from facial surgery, is already back in Nigeria from his Italian base.
“We expect Victor [Osimhen] to join up with the rest of the squad at least by 3 of January,” NFF director of communications, Ademola Olajire, told BBC Sport Africa.
“It is unnecessary to react to every report in the media about our players’ availability or potential non-availability for the tournament.
“But the NFF are confident that our players including Osimhen understand the country’s desire for a fourth continental title.
“It is important to have all our players show same commitment and ambitious traits as displayed by Osimhen.”
Osimhen was the Super Eagles top scorer in the AFCON qualifiers with five goals.