Walter Mazzarri has some difficult decisions to make ahead of Saturday’s game with Torino, as players are still coming back from international duty.
The Partenopei had 13 members of their squad littered around the globe for the past week and some have still not arrived in Naples.
It is a problem for Mazzarri, as the statistics this season show that when Napoli haven’t had a full week to concentrate on one game – whether it’s because of European, Coppa or international commitments – they have emerged with an average of 1.58 points per match.
On the other hand, when there are seven days to prepare, Napoli have notched up an average of 2.41 points per game.
Valon Behrami has returned from international duty with Switzerland nursing a badly bruised heel, while Goran Pandev, Edinson Cavani and Hugo Campagnaro won’t be able to train until tomorrow.
Pablo Armero and Juan Camilo Zuniga may well not get a training session before Saturday’s game at Torino, as their return from Colombia won’t be until late on Thursday.