Napoli Might Be Without Two Stars in Liverpool Clash

Napoli might not have two of their cornerstones in Wednesday’s meeting with Liverpool, as Victor Osimhen and Hirving Lozano were limited in practice to open the week. The Nigerian striker is dealing with muscle fatigue; instead the winger suffered a head trauma in the Lazio game, SportMediaset reports.

The Mexican international was hospitalized after colliding with Adam Marusic last Saturday. All tests came back clean, quashing the fears of potential cheekbone or jaw fractures. He has more chances to be available than his teammate. He should go into full training today. But Matteo Politano could get the nod, as the two routinely alternate on the right flank. Diego Demme will stay out with a foot infraction.

Napoli director Cristiano Giuntoli commented on Osimhen and Lozano possibly missing the Liverpool game to Radio Kiss Kiss.

“The former has a sore adductor, but he didn’t suffer a strain. It’s a minor thing that he and the medical staff will have to handle it. We need to decide whether it’s the case for him to take risks or not.”

If the Nigerian ace were ultimately spared, Luciano Spalletti would have two solutions at his disposal. He could field his backup Giovanni Simeone, who hasn’t seen much action since joining. Or deploy Giacomo Raspadori, who has experience as a false-nine with Sassuolo and Italy. In any case, Osimhen and Lozano will do everything in their power to give it a go considering the magnitude of the encounter with Liverpool. On top of the Reds, the Partenopei will compete with Ajax and Rangers Glasgow in their Champions League group.

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