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Napoli’s Osimhen to return for Champions League second leg v Milan



Serie A - Torino v Napoli - Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, Turin, Italy - March 19, 2023 Napoli's Victor Osimhen applauds fans after being substituted REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

Napoli forward Victor Osimhen will be fit for their Champions League quarter-final second leg at home to AC Milan next week after missing Wednesday’s 1-0 first leg defeat, manager Luciano Spalletti said.

Nigeria’s Osimhen, Serie A’s top scorer with 21 goals, was sidelined for this month’s league games against Milan and Lecce due to a thigh strain.

“The chances of him being available are 100% because the work schedule, it was made in that direction,” Spalletti told Sky Sports in Italy.

“He was rested today (Wednesday) and in Saturday’s match to complete the work done by the doctors, then anything can happen.”

Ismael Bennacer’s goal gave Milan a 1-0 win to take into the return leg on April 18.


Serie A leaders Napoli have never reached the Champions League semi-finals.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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