Napoli encountered a formidable challenge in their recent match against Empoli at the Diego Maradona Stadium, succumbing to a 1-0 defeat. The absence of Super Eagles forward, Victor Osimhen, due to an injury sustained in a friendly against Saudi Arabia, was palpably felt throughout the encounter.
The team’s struggle in the attack was evident, as they managed to secure only three victories in six fixtures without Osimhen. Despite notable triumphs against Verona, Union Berlin in the UEFA Champions League, and an away victory against Salernitana, Napoli’s current standing in Serie A reflects a departure from their title-winning form in the previous season.
Currently occupying the fourth position, Napoli faces challenges in the ongoing Serie A campaign.
Osimhen’s active participation in training sessions signals his determination to regain form, with reports from Italy suggesting a potential return to Rudi Garcia’s squad after the international break in November.
While the Nigerian striker will miss the Super Eagles’ clashes against Lesotho and Zimbabwe in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, coach Jose Peseiro has enlisted trusted forwards to fill the void left by Osimhen in the national team.
The anticipation of Osimhen’s return adds a hopeful dimension to Napoli’s quest for success in the forthcoming fixtures.