Victor Osimhen: Napoli Boss Luciano Spalletti Speaks As Nigerian Star Ruled Out of UCL Tie vs Milan

Victor Osimhen: Napoli Boss Luciano Spalletti Speaks As Nigerian Star Ruled Out of UCL Tie vs Milan

Babajide Orevba
April 1, 2023 at 6:45 PM
  • Victor Osimhen has been ruled out of Napoli’s Champions League match with Italian rivals AC Milan
  • The Nigerian striker has not been at the club’s training ground since he returned from international duty
  • Napoli manager Luciano Spalletti has expressed disappointment, saying it is a big blow to the club

The head coach of Napoli Luciano Spalletti has lamented following an injury that will rule Victor Osimhen out of their Champions League quarter-final clash against AC Milan.

It’s a triple-header between both teams as they will face off in the Serie A on Sunday, before their European engagement next week.

It was gathered that Osimhen has been ruled out for a few weeks after he complained of abductor strain which was later confirmed through tests.

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Victor Osimhen has been ruled out of UCL clash against AC Milan. Photo: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE
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The 24-year-old has not been to the club’s training facility since he returned from international duty with the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

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And ahead of their first match since the return from the international break, Spalletti admitted that it would be difficult to take on rivals Milan without their main striker.

He said, as per Punch:

“We’ve got a triple-header coming up against Milan. Being without Osimhen is a big blow, but Giovanni Simeone has proved his worth.
“It’s true. When we’re without Victor, the team have been able to make up for it and come out winners. We always approach our games in the Napoli way and players like Cholito have also made a huge difference this year.
“This team can handle anyone being missing because everyone has given something extra this year and we’ve played really well, even when facing top opposition."

Osimhen leading Napoli to the Scudetto

Sports Brief earlier reported that Victor Osimhen is one of the most in-form forwards in the world right now.

The Nigerian is helping Napoli cruise to the Serie A title this season - their first in over 30 years.

He has scored 21 league goals and provided four assists to help Partenopei go 19 points clear of second-placed Lazio at the top of the table.

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