Napoli boss Gennaro Gattuso has admitted that Victor Osimhen has not yet reached full fitness despite recovering from a shoulder injury suffered on international duty and COVID-19.
The club’s most expensive acquisition has not started a game for the Blues in 2021, making four appearances off the bench so far.
Osimhen showed glimpses of his quality here and there prior to his spell on the sidelines, contributing to three goals in eight appearances in the top-flight.
Gattuso highlighted that Andrea Petagna – who has acted as cover for the Super Eagles striker – and Osimhen have different attributes.
Gattuso told Sky Sport Italia after Saturday’s defeat to Genoa: “Victor is doing everything to recover. He stopped for three months, it is normal that it is not at its best.
“We saw a bit of light in the Italian Cup, today we gave him more time. We know the characteristics he has, he and Petagna are different players.
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“But even with Petagna we have developed well today. Osimhen gives us more depth and more solutions”.
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