Gasperini Seeks Injury-Free Return of Lookman After AFCON

Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini is keen to see Ademola Lookman return from international duty safe and sound.

Lookman scored the winning goal in La Dea’s 1-0 victory against Leece on Saturday.

The goal was the winger’s final contribution before leaving for Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria.

The 26-year-old could be away for up to a month depending how far Nigeria progresses at the competition.

Gasperini has prayed that Lookman return back to Bergamo without injury.

“Unfortunately Lookman will fly out tomorrow, but we have Muriel, Scamacca, De Ketelaere, Miranchuk and Toure. It will be an opportunity for them,” Gasperini was quoted by Football Italia.

“I don’t want to act like I’m wishing Nigeria don’t do well, but naturally we hope Lookman isn’t away for too long. Above all, we hope he doesn’t get injured.”

The former Leicester City player has scored seven goals and registered three assists in 18 league appearances for Atalanta this season.

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