Victor Osimhen of SSC Napoli lies down injured during the UEFA Champions League match.
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Nigeria International and Napoli striker Victor Osimhen is in a race to be fit and be available for the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals against Milan on Wednesday.

Osimhen suffered a muscle injury while on international duty with Nigeria last month, during the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Guinea-Bissau and missed Napoli’s 4-0 loss against Milan at the Estadio Diego Armando Maradona fortnight ago and was also unavailable as the  Partenopei recorded a 2-1 win last weekend over Lecce in a Serie A fixtures.

The club were hoping that the player would recover before their Champions League quarter-final first leg clash against Milan on Wednesday but he is yet to fully recover from the knock.

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Osimhen has been on fire this season for Napoli, scoring 25 goals in 29 matches in all competitions. He is currently leading the Serie A top scorers list with 21 goals and four assists.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, the 24-year-old trained alone and later headed off to the gym. While Napoli would want their star forward back for the Champions League clash, they are not likely to rush the player back to the matchday squad considering they still have nine matches to go in Serie A and are in line to win their first Scudetto since 1990.

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