Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen, could be unavailable for Napoli’s second leg clash against Juventus and four other league fixtures next season.
This follows the publishing of Seria A fixtures for 2021/2022 season on Wednesday.
The opening round sees Napoli take on Venezia, with Osimhen coming up against compatriot Tyronne Ebuehi.
Luciano Spalletti’s first real test as Napoli’s coach is on the third matchday, which will see Gli Azzurri welcome dethroned champions Juventus to the Diego Armando Maradona stadium.
While Osimhen will be available for that match, he will miss the return leg on January 6 as he is expected to be included in Nigeria’s squad for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
The biennial competition holds between January 9-February 6, and that could see Osimhen miss five games if the Super Eagles go all the way.
Although the clash against Juventus is on the sixth of January, clubs are obliged to release their players for international competitions at least seven days before the start of the tournament.
Osimhen will also potentially miss clashes against Sampdoria, Bologna, Salernitana and Venezia.