Napoli manager, Walter Mazzarri insists it is important for him to protect the club’s talismanic striker Victor Osimhen.

Osimhen was sent off in the Partenopei’s 2-0 defeat to AS Roma last week.

The 24-year-old will miss the Serie A champions’ clash with Monza on Friday.

Mazzarri stated that he has pardoned the striker for picking a red card in the game.

“Perhaps he felt the pressure after such a great season,” Mazzarri told a press conference on Thursday.

“Unfortunately, he was returning from an injury, and now he will play in the Africa Cup of Nations. I pardon him [for the red card] because he must be protected.”

Serie A: Napoli must protect Osimhen – Mazzarri

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