The Nigerian striker, who has not played since suffering a muscle injury against Liverpool in a Champions League match on September 9, is expected to return to action soon.
He has missed the Partenopei’s last five games across all competitions, which they won. He also missed the national team’s friendlies against Algeria.
Despite his return to training, Napoli coaching team has instead opted not to rush back the Nigerian striker, in the hopes that he could recover fully.
As initially reported by Tutto Napoli via Ballgist, Osimhen was predicted to feature in Napoli’s Champions League clash against Ajax at Amsterdam Arena on Tuesday, October 4 in the Champions League and could possibly begin from the first minute on 9 October at Cremonese.
But there are new reports making the rounds that the Nigerian-Neapolitan could make his comeback in Napoli’s Serie A fixture against Cremonese on Sunday.
The report also understands that he might not start the game. Luciano Spalletti is understandably more eager to bring him on as a second-half substitute, Il Mattino reports.
Osimhen had a fractured cheekbone last season, where his absence cost Napoli heavily. But this time, Napoli, thanks to their astute offensive reinforcement during the summer transfer window, have amassed victories in all of the five matches without the 23-year-old.
In his absence, Napoli have also scored 15 goals in total, averaging three goals per game. Giovanni Simeone and Giacomo Raspadori have not disappointed their new club with their performances thus far, allowing the manager to bring Osimhen back to the action only when the player is in his best shape.