Victor Osimhen is eager to pay back the belief shown in him by Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso since he arrived from Lille on a big money deal in the summer.

Napoli coach Gennaro Gattu­so said he will be meeting with Victor Osimhen after the Nige­rian apologised for breaching coronavirus protocols at a par­ty organised in Lagos.

The Nigeria internation­al is yet to return to action since he dislocated his shoul­der during an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture against Sierra Leone on No­vember 13.

Osimhen, who is still re­covering from the injury, was granted permission to travel to 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.

After Napoli’s 4-1 win over Cagliari on Sunday, Gattuso gave his opinion on the situ­ation.

“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.”

Osimhen, on his part, is­sued an apology to the club and his teammates for his ‘wrong’ decision which has delayed his return to training because of the compulsory two weeks he will spend in isolation.

“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.”

The Nigeria forward com­pleted a big-money move to Napoli in August after an out­standing 2019-20 campaign in the French Ligue 1 with Lille.

He has scored two goals so far in six Serie A matches for the Parthenopeans who sit fourth in the league table with 28 points from 14 matches.

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