Victor James Osimhen, a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Serie A club Napoli and the Nigeria national team would yet again miss out on a historical event with his Italian side as Napoli host Spezia in their first ever Serie A contest today at the Stadio Maradona.
Osimhen has been affected by his injury since November after dislocating his shoulder during the 2021 AFCON duel against Sierra Leone in Benin and as a result would not be available to play in this important game.
Asides this important reason, Osimhen is also currently being quarantined after testing positive to COVID-19 following his recent trip to Nigeria during the Yuletide. As a result of this, Osimhen has been listed amongst the players that will be unavailable to coach Gennaro Gattuso along with Dries Metrens and Kalidou Koulibaly.
Yesterday’s match served as an enticing prospect since Napoli have the best defensive record in Serie A with just 13 goals conceded as they host a Spezia side that earned eight of their 11 points from home.
Maurizio Mariani who has served as a referee for Napoli 11 times in Serie A has been appointed to referee the week 16 clash against Spezia. He was assisted by Marco Bresmes and Damiano Margani, fourth official Davide Ghersini and VAR operators Luca Banti and Stefano Del Giovane for the 6pm kick-off.