Napoli Test Unusual Solutions amid Attacking Emergency

Napoli won’t have Victor Osimhen in Wednesday’s clash with Milan. Giovanni Simeone will sit multiple fixtures. Giacomo Raspadori will be available, but he’s not in tip-top shape. Luciano Spalletti has tested a couple of alternatives in case the Italian striker was unable to start, Il Mattino relays.

The ex-Sassuolo man returned to full training Tuesday after practicing on the side for a couple of days. The staff managed his load coming off a lengthy absence. He has played about ninety minutes in the past two matches combined after missing six weeks with a thigh strain.

Raspadori is the leading option to spearhead the frontline Wednesday, but the coach experimented while he wasn’t working with the rest of the group, deploying Khvicha Kvaratskhelia and Elijf Elmas as a false-nine during the tactical drills. The former did it for a few minutes against Lecce after Simeone bowed out.

El Cholito suffered a grade-one distraction of the biceps femoris muscle in the right thigh. He’ll miss 15-to-20 days, Sky informs. Osimhen trained on his own on the pitch Tuesday. He left the practice facility early and won’t make the trip to Milan.

Our Take on the Napoli Attack

No gamesmanship from the Azzurri, which could have called up Osimhen just to mess with Milan even if he wasn’t ready to play. If Raspadori couldn’t start, it’d be better not to mix up multiple reference points and go with Elmas, Hirving Lozano, or Matteo Politano as the token center-forward, so Kvara can operate out wide as usual.

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