Osimhen sets Italy return date: Napoli fans can finally breathe easy

Osimhen sets Italy return date: Napoli fans can finally breathe easy
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Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen is preparing to make his return to Italy, bringing relief to Napoli fans who have missed his impactful presence on the field.

The forward had temporarily left Italy due to pressing family matters while undergoing essential therapy for his injury.

Osimhen's temporary absence from Napoli had raised concerns among fans about the reasons behind his leave.

However, it has been clarified that he took advantage of a permit from the club to address some family issues.

Additionally, he underwent therapy in his home country, Nigeria, as per the guidance of the Azzurri club.

He is expected to be back at the Castel Volturno in Italy sometime between Sunday and Monday.

Upon his return, the Super Eagles striker will undergo a series of tests to assess the progress of his recovery from a hamstring injury.

Napoli's goal is to have Osimhen available for their upcoming matches immediately after the November break.

This could mean seeing the striker in action against Atalanta or, at the latest, when they face Real Madrid.

His return will undoubtedly be a boost for the team, given his significant contributions on the field.

Osimhen's return: Family troubles, arrest allegations, and the quest for resolution

Victor Osimhen in action for Napoli
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The primary reason for Osimhen's Italy return is a family issue, specifically concerning his brother-in-law, Osita Okolo.

Rumours have emerged that Osimhen's sister was arrested instead of payment of a €500,000 commission for Osimhen's transfer from Lille to Napoli in 2020.

This complicated family situation has understandably led Osimhen to return to Africa to seek a resolution.

Osimhen is still in Nigeria at the moment, preparing to conclude the family matters and ensure a peaceful resolution.

However, the 24-year-old striker is expected to be back in Italy next week, ready to embark on an intensive phase of recovery work.

The CAF Player of the Year nominee had suffered a hamstring muscle injury during Nigeria's match against Saudi Arabia on October 13, which had kept him away from Napoli's last three consecutive games.

His return to full fitness will be a significant development for Napoli as they continue their campaign in Serie A.

Napoli is banking on Osimhen's recovery and hopes to see him in action when they take on Atalanta on November 25.

His return will be crucial for Napoli's pursuit of top spots in the Serie A standings, as he has been a key contributor, scoring six goals in just eight league appearances this season.

Napoli fans can now rest easy knowing that their star striker is on his way back, ready to light up the Italian football scene once more.

This article was most recently revised and updated 6 months ago

Rababe Koussaimi, a 22-year-old journalist, is deeply passionate about the world of sports. She grew up in a footballing environment, supporting both Bayern Munich and Wydad Athletic Club. She began her English journalism career by hosting a podcast for the first English radio station in Morocco. Currently, the Moroccan journalist channels her enthusiasm into writing and conducting extensive research, creating insightful and engaging content for GoalBall Live readers.