Napoli Rue Another Injury Setback on International Duty

The injury suffered by Victor Osimhen was more severe than anticipated. The early reports from Nigeria suggested his substitution versus Saudi Arabia was precautionary. The early tests on his thigh and a sore knee tendon didn’t show anything substantial. Instead, he picked up a second-grade strain that will sideline him for at least a month.

As Gazzetta dello Sport relays, Aurelio De Laurentiis often criticized UEFA and FIFA for the overly busy schedule and AFCON taking place in the middle of the season. The competition will further prevent the Partenopei from deploying their star for three-to-six matches in January and February depending on how the Super Eagles fare.

Napoli won’t rush the return of Osimhen. He suffered the same issue in the past. They want to spare him the call-up for the next international break. He has missed a month early last season with a lesion of the same severity.

The striker has sat out 19 games due to injuries caused while playing with Nigeria since moving to Campania. The tally will most likely grow to 25 as he won’t partake in the upcoming stretch. He’s set to skip the clash with Milan in three weeks. On the other hand, he should be fit for a potentially crucial series of matches in December. The Azzurri will tangle with Atalanta, Real Madrid, and Roma in quick succession.

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