Saturday August 19 2017
Injury concerns for Napoli

Napoli have injury concerns for Dries Mertens and above all Vlad Chiriches after their 3-1 victory over Hellas Verona.

The club announced before the game with Verona that they would not be speaking to the media, regardless of the result, to maintain concentration ahead of the Champions League tie.

The Partenopei won the opening Serie A game of the season, but it came at a cost.

Mertens got a knock to the toe and not his left ankle, so medics are hoping it won’t be too painful ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League play-off against Nice.

Chiriches fell awkwardly in the final minutes and dislocated his right shoulder, report Mediaset Premium, but the staff were able to pop it back into place and he finished the match.

Elseid Hysaj was sent off and will therefore be suspended for at the very least next weekend’s Serie A game with Atalanta.

Napoli won the first leg of that Champions League showdown 2-0 on home turf and must visit the Allianz Riviera on Tuesday evening.

Tonight, Nice gave Wesley Sneijder his debut from the start and had Mario Balotelli come off the bench as a late substitute, meaning both are ready to play next week.

They beat Guingamp 2-0, their first Ligue 1 victory of the season, with goals from Alassane Plea and Remi Walter.

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