Victor Osimhen will likely miss Napoli’s second leg clash against Juventus and four other league games next season.
The fixtures for next season’s Serie A were released on Wednesday, with the opening round pitting Napoli against Venezia, which will see Osimhen take on Tyronne Ebuehi.
Luciano Spalletti’s first real test as Napoli’s coach is on the third matchday, which will see Gli Azzurri welcome dethroned champions Juventus to the Diego Armando Maradona stadium.
While Osimhen will be available for that match, he will miss the return leg on January 6 as he’s expected to be included in Nigeria’s squad for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
The biennial competition holds between January 9-February 6, and that could see Osimhen miss five games if the Super Eagles go all the way. Although the clash against Juventus is on the sixth of January, clubs are obliged to release their players for international competitions at least seven days before the start of the tournament.
Osimhen will also potentially miss clashes against Sampdoria, Bologna, Salernitana and Venezia. It’s not ideal for Napoli, who are still yet to enjoy the best of the Nigerian international since he joined from Lille for a club and African record fee.
The 22-year-old missed more than three months of action in his debut season, although he still managed to score ten league goals, including seven in the last 11 matches.
Osimhen will now hope to build on that going into the new season.