Spaletti confirms Victor Osimhen’s availability

Spaletti confirms Victor Osimhen’s availability

Napoli boss Luciano Spaletti has confirmed that Victor Osimhen is available for selection despite being a doubt for today’s game against Liverpool.

He went on to add that a late decision will be made as regards the Nigerian's involvement in the game on Wednesday night.

The Nigeria international was allowed to train separately from the rest of the team on Monday morning due to a muscle issue and after a test on Tuesday, reports in Italy suggest that there is a 50-50 chance the striker will be involved in the match on Wednesday night.

“Lozano is available for selection, he carried out the full session today with regards to Osimhen. Yesterday he experienced some pain, so he didn’t train yesterday and trained separately today,” Spalletti said at a press conference on Tuesday.

“Tomorrow (today) he will train with the group provided he feels better than today (Tuesday). Tomorrow (today), if he feels up for it, he will try and shoot, try to do a bit more with the ball and if he has a positive feeling about that, like this morning, he will be available for selection.”

Osimhen has partially trained with the rest of the team over the last couple of days and remains in doubt for the game due to a muscle issue, while Hirving Lozano is ready to play.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Osimhen wants to play, but Napoli’s medical staff doesn’t want to risk a more severe injury.

“He has a little issue with his abductor, but no tear,” said Napoli director Cristiano Giuntoli.

“He and the medical staff must decide what to do against Liverpool.”

The 23-year-old has so far scored two goals and provided one assist for Napoli so far this season.

A return to Europe's Elite competition

Napoli and Victor Osimhen will begin their Champions League campaign with a mouthwatering clash against former champions Liverpool on Wednesday.

Napoli took part in the Europa League last term and this is their seventh campaign in the elite competition. Osimhen and his side will hope to extend their decent home record of just three defeats in their past 21 UCL home games when they face off with the Reds.

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