NAPLES – Evidently, the bill with bad luck has not yet been settled: “The MRI to which Victor Osimhen was subjected revealed a second degree lesion of the right hamstring”, the concise but exhaustive bulletin released yesterday by Napoli. An injury that is not exactly trivial, in spite of the positive vibes that Osi had felt and told after Liverpool, which usually requires four or five weeks off. In short, at least a month and five or six games, it being understood that recovery times are always susceptible to variations linked to the reactions of individual subjects. And in this respect Victor has accustomed everyone well: he is someone who loves to burn the stages just like the grass under his boots. We will see. But in the meantime we must act and replace: today with La Spezia, at the center of the attack, Spalletti seems oriented to field Raspadori. He more than the Cholito. And if the sensations are confirmed, then it will be Jack’s first as a center forward with Napoli.
Osimhen, what bad luck
And then, again them: Osimhen and injuries. Not even the time to start the third season in blue and Osi is forced to stop. On the most beautiful, among other things: the team is experiencing a moment full of enthusiasm, prestigious victories and play – a great game – and he himself with Liverpool had literally torn apart the opposing defense for about forty minutes. Right up to the muscular problem. I am instead 32 games that he has so far been forced to miss for the various injuries remedied in the first two seasons between the dislocation of the right shoulder; a head injury; a tremendous displaced fracture between the left eye socket and cheekbone; a couple of Covids and a little problem in a calf. Plus three for disqualification: total, 35 times without Victor. A black sea of bad luck destined to widen: the injury remedied with the Reds will exclude him from the challenges with Spezia (today); Rangers in Glasgow in the Champions League (Tuesday); Milan at San Siro (Sunday); Torino al Maradona (1st October); Ajax in Amsterdam still in the cup (4 October); and probably also Cremonese away (9 October). The possible return? On 12 October, for the return with the Lancers at home. The first screening speaks of five to six games, in short, without prejudice to the discourse of the reaction to therapies: times may vary. The only small consolation is the post Milan break: it will help to chew less bitterness.
Naples, the choice
For Napoli, however, it is a big problem, but the squad is full of talent and alternative solutions to be applied immediately. Starting today with the Spezia: in his place, to act as center forward, it should be Raspadori’s turn. Yes, Jack is ahead in the runoff with Simeone, a great protagonist with Liverpool and indeed chosen by Spalletti to replace Osimhen after his injury. The one forced at the center of the attack, however, will not be the only change: Kim and Anguissa, so far always present, should rest, and then with respect to the Champions also Olivera and Politano. Five new candidates, in short, without prejudice confirmation of 4-3-3: Meret in goal; line four with Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Juan Jesus and Mario Rui; Elmas, Lobotka and Zielinski in midfield; Lozano, Raspadori and Kvaratskhelia in the trident. Speaking of Olivera: “In Naples, people are always ready to support you,” he told the club’s Youtube channel. “They told me about Maradona: he had a wonderful story and we must continue on this path”. Note of (nice) color: yesterday Mr. Luciano and the team hosted Antoine, the French child with the blue shirt worn upside down at the Franchi, at training.
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