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Capuano warns Spalletti to play Osimhen against Ola Aina despite injury concerns

Osimhen is still out with injury but the Italian journalist has suggested that Spalletti should rush him back for the Torino match this Saturday

Osimhen left the Liverpool game early due to injury but Napoli still won 4-1

Napoli manager Luciano Spalletti has been advised to prepare Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen for this weekend's clash with Torino in the Italian Serie A.

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Osimhen has been out of action for Napoli since early September after picking up an injury in the surprise 4-1 thrashing of English giants Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League.

The injury has seen the Nigerian international miss three club matches already as well as been left out of the 25-man squad called up by Super Eagles manager Jose Peseiro for the current international break.

Osimhen is reported to be nearing fitness again with the 23-year-old forward expected to be back in action against Ajax on Tuesday, October 4 in the Champions League or on Saturday, October 9 against Cremonese in the Italian Serie A.

However, Italian coach Eziolino Capuano has suggested that Napoli would need the abilities of Osimhen before those matches when they take on Torino on Saturday, October 1.

In an interview with Kiss Kiss Napoli as reported by Mundo Napoli, Capuano noted that the tendency of Torino manager Ivan Juric to set up his team in a physical way is the reason Napoli needs Osimhen in the match.

Capuano said: "Playing against Juric's teams is always difficult, also because the game of man against man across the board leads the opposing team to make mistakes often."

Thus, the ex-Eupen manager pinpointed Osimhen as a player who can immediately add value to the Napoli team when they host Torino in their upcoming league clash.

Capuano further claimed that once Osimhen becomes fully fit again, the Super Eagles star will regain his position of being central to how Napoli plays.

"Osimhen is an added value to this team that plays the best football in Italy. As soon as he returns he will be a fundamental element for Spalletti and his teammates," Capuano concluded.

Napoli are currently top of the Serie A table, having gotten off to an unbeaten start of the season after seven (7) matches with five (5) victories and two (2) defeats.

The Partenopei will host Torino at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on Saturday, October 1 before travelling to the Johan Cruyff Arena on Tuesday, October 4 for their Matchday 3 UEFA Champions League clash with Ajax Amsterdam.

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