Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso said Sunday he felt foolish for giving Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen permission to travel home for Christmas with the forward testing positive for coronavirus on his return.
Osimhen faces club sanctions after images of him partying without wearing a mask were shared on social media.
But Gattuso said he also felt embarrassed for giving the 22-year-old permission to return to Africa.
Osimhen apologised earlier on Sunday.
“I made a mistake going to a surprise party without understanding the gravity of what I was doing.
“We are waiting for him because he is an important player for us.
Osimhen joined Napoli for a club-record fee of up to 80 million euros ($94.6 million) last summer but has not played since November 8 because of a shoulder injury.