Lazio’s Europa League opener against Galatasaray will be striker Vedat Muriqi’s time to shine.

As reported by Italian newspaper Il Messaggero (via LazioNews24) earlier today, the Biancocelesti will travel to Istanbul this week to face the Turkish side in the first game of their Europa League group stage, and the 27-year-old Kosovan forward has a great opportunity to impress.

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Muriqi, who won the battle to be the backup for Ciro Immobile over Felipe Caicedo in the summer, will be returning to Turkey with the hope of beating Galatasaray for the first time in his career. He has previously scored against them once before.

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The 27-year-old Muriqi is set to start for Lazio, with Ciro Immobile likely to be rested following a busy period for the Italian striker.

The Kosovan forward, who is contracted to the Roman club until 2025, scored 15 league goals in his final season in the Turkish Super Lig and will be hoping to rediscover that form on Thursday.

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