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Osimhen Still Out As Napoli, Alkmaar Clash Tonight; May Return Next Week

Osimhen Still Out As Napoli, Alkmaar Clash Tonight; May Return Next Week

Victor Osimhen will still be absent from Napoli’s fifth Europa League group stage encounter against AZ Alkmaar at the AFAS Stadion in the Netherlands tonight (Thursday).

Osimhen has continued his recovery from a dislocated shoulder which he sustained during the Super Eagles’ Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone on November 13 at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City.

And ever since the injury, the Nigeria striker has missed three matches for Napoli across all competitions with the fourth set to be against AZ in Holland tonight – an Europe League game. Napoli lost the reverse fixture 1-0 on October 22.

Osimhen will also miss his club’s away match in Serie A against Crotone this Sunday, but is likely to return in their home clash with Sampdoria on Sunday, December 13, 2020.

Napoli manager, Gennaro Gattuso on Wednesday released the squad list for tonight’s match against AZ AIkmaar in the Buropa League before leaving for the Netherlands.

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And according to Sky Sport Italia, “Still absent, therefore, is Victor Osimhen who will not be in the European match against the Dutch tomorrow evening (Thursday).

“As anticipated, the Nigerian footballer who suffers from a dislocated shoulder will still be out and could return for the championship match against Sampdoria at the San Paolo Stadium next week.”

Meanwhile, Gattuso has said that he is expecting more from Lorenzo Insigne even as Osimhen is suffering in this moment even as Napoli face AZ in the Europa League.

    By Oluyemi Ogunseyin

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  • pompei 3 years ago

    Looks like this injury is worse than we thought! Get well soon, Vic.
    Footballer’s life no easy ooo. Vic came home to represent his country, they put him on a poor pitch, he got injured, now he is having to endure a prolonged time on the sidelines. His place in the Napoli starting eleven is at risk. If Gattuso discovers a winning team in his absence, he might be unwilling to change it when Vic is back. So much at risk. Let’s make it easier for our boys by making sure the pitch they play on is adequate. Can’t emphasize this enough!

    • KangA 3 years ago

      Look, @pompei, it baffles me why no African country (well pardon me, except SA) can’t maintain football pitches. It’s a shame that with all the MONEY STOLEN in Nigeria no bloody contractor will pay for the maintenance of a playable pitch. Not even the government or the corrupt NFF considers a good pitch a necessity. 

      And when a forward thinking state government—Akwa Ibom—gives us a most reasonable option, Pinnick would collect bribes and boycott that pitch, taking matches to politician’s backyards. Are we cursed as a people?

      What follows is the unnecessary injury of our key players. Bastards!

    • JimmyBall 3 years ago

      This Victor Osimhen issue is the reason the young man needs help in attack. Human being no be machine… Napoli almost did not want to release him for the game… If the likes of Onuachu is given minutes in games against Sierra Leone now… It’s same people pitying Osimhen now that will insult Onuachu as being useless.

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