Victor Osimhen returns to Napoli‘s starting XI against Barcelona on Francesco Calzona’s debut as the Partenopei boss in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 tonight.

It kicks off at 20:00 GMT at the Stadio Maradona in Naples.

Calzona was appointed to replace Walter Mazzarri on Monday and took charge of his first training session on the eve of the game on Tuesday.

Osimhen will play his first game at a club level since December after returning from AFCON. He will join Khvicha Kvaratskhelia and Matteo Politano in a front three.

The only doubt for Calzona is in central midfield where Jens Cajuste is favourite over Hamed Junior Traoré.

Juan Jesus and Amir Rrahmani are expected to start in central defence.

The only unavailable players for Napoli are Piotr Zielinski, Leander Dendoncker and Diego Demme who were not included in the UEFA list by Mazzarri.

Barcelona are without the injured Gavi, Balde, Marcos Alonso and Ferran Torres. Ex-Juventus and Inter right-bac Joao Cancelo is expected to start for the Catalans, coached by Xavi.

Napoli-Barcelona, probable line-ups

Napoli(4-3-3): Meret; Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Juan Jesus, Mario Rui; Anguissa, Lobotka, Cajuste; Politano, Osimhen, Kvaratshelia.

Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Kounde, Araujo, Martinez, Cancelo; De Jong, Christensen, Gundogan; Yamal, Lewandowski, Pedri.

 

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