Osimhen Poised to Return to Italy to Start Ramping Up

After spending about two weeks in Nigeria and Germany, Osimhen is heading back to Italy to work on his return from a second-grade thigh strain. He continued to follow his protocol while abroad, but he’s not yet in its later stages. His absence from the training center hasn’t impacted his timetable, Il Mattino relays (via Calciomercato).

The Nigerian is expected to resume playing either against Atalanta on November 25th or a few days late versus Real Madrid in the highly-anticipated rematch of the recent Champions League encounter.

In the meantime, Giacomo Raspadori has brilliantly picked up the slack for Osimhen, scoring three times on the trot. Coach Rudi Garcia stated that the presence of the Nigerian star was the only problem for the Italian starlet. The coach has repelled the murmurs about a potential imminent tactical change (via Sky).

“Moving on from 4-3-3 hinges on the moment, the opponents, and the competition. It’s obviously a possibility, as I said at the beginning of the season. I’ve nothing to explain to the player when we use it. However, our adversaries have studied it too. We need other weapons too. We proved it in the second half of the Milan game.”

Osimhen will be on the stands for the upcoming Union Berlin fixture. A potential permanent switch to 4-2-3-1, with Raspadori joining him upfront, will be postponed till his return.

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