Napoli head coach Gennaro Gattuso has said he will meet Victor Osimhen who apologized for breaching coronavirus rules by attending a party in Lagos.
Osimhen, who is still recovering from a shoulder injury he sustained during international for Nigeria in the AFCON first leg qualifier in Benin City, was granted permission to travel Nigeria for the winter break where he attended a party to celebrate his 22nd birthday on December 29.
Upon his return to Naples, the 22-year-old tested positive for coronavirus and a video of him surfaced on social media where he was seen without wearing a face mask and no social distancing observed in the party.
Gattuso spoke about Osimhen’s situation after Napoli’s 4-1 win against Cagliari on Sunday.
“He’s a young lad who gives his all in training,” the Italian manager told the club website. “He knows he’s made a mistake and he’s apologised.
“I’ll speak to him. I know how much he wants to get back onto the right track and get back playing.”
Meanwhile, Osimhen had earlier apologized to the club for his behaviour at the party in Lagos.
“I am so sorry for what happened, I was wrong to go to Nigeria in this moment, even if I have many loved ones over there, including my brothers,” Osimhen wrote on his Instagram story.
“I was wrong to take part in the party I didn’t understand the severity of what I was doing. I apologise to the club, the coach, the team and the fans.”
He has scored two goals so far in six Serie Amatches for the Parthenopeans who sit fourth in the league table with 28 points from 14 matches.