Osimhen doubtful for Napoli clash with  Fiorentina

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Napoli are likely to  be without their talismanic striker Victor Osimhen for  Friday’s Italian Serie A clash with Fiorentina .

The Nigerian International  who suffered a muscle strain earlier in the week , has reportedly  been training separately from the rest of the  team.

“On Monday and Tuesday Osimhen underwent therapy and personalised training in the gym.Jesper Lindstrom and Piotr Zielinski followed custom programmes outside while Mario Rui had a gym session and Victor Osimhen had physiotherapy,” the club posted on their  website.  

According to football Italia, The Partenopei fell behind the Viola in the Serie A standings last week and need to win this game to have any chance of getting eighth place.

The  news outlet stated further that  coach Francesco Calzona’s squad is significantly weakened without Osimhen who last year won the Italian Capocannoniere (top scorer award).

Osimhen scored 15 goals in Serie A this season, but has been affected by numerous injuries and his absence due to the Africa Cup of Nations in January and February.

If he doesn’t make it for Friday, then it is likely that Giacomo Raspadori or Giovanni Simeone will step in as the centre-forward.

Yet Osimhen is however expected to recover in time to be part of the Super Eagles team for the upcoming 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier against South Africa and Republic of Benin next month.

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