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Luciano Spalletti says Victor Osimhen could return for UCL clash against AC Milan

Napoli manager Luciano Spalletti has said that star striker Victor Osimhen could be available for the Champions League clash against AC Milan.

The Nigerian centre-forward missed last week’s Serie A game against Milan through an adductor injury.

The Partenopei suffered a 4-0 defeat, with their attack looking off the pace without Serie A’s top scorer.

Spalletti has ruled the 23-year-old out of the upcoming league game against Lecce but provided a positive update about the upcoming European tie.

He told the press (h/t Sky Sport Italia): “Osimhen? There’s no chance tomorrow.”

“From a planning point of view, there are many possibilities to see him for the next match, but we have to wait for next week’s developments.”

Spalletti also added that Giacomo Raspadori is in contention for a start against Lecce in the absence of Osimhen.

The Italian forward returned to action last week after recovering from injury and had some minutes against Milan.

Giovanni Simeone could also get another start if Spalletti decides to rest in-form winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia.

Napoli will look to return to winning ways after their setback against Milan, which marked their third defeat in Serie A this season.

Although the consequences are not significant – Napoli are 16 points clear at the top – they don’t want to let their momentum slip ahead of next week’s UCL clash against Stefano Pioli’s side.

The first leg of the quarter-finals will be played at San Siro, and the Partenopei will be keen to settle the score.

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