Friday April 13 2012
Maggio still out for Napoli

Napoli are hoping to have Christian Maggio back in action for the Week 34 game at home to Novara.

The Italian international has struggled with fitness issues over the last month – an ankle problem and then a left thigh muscle strain.

Although he has been ruled out of this weekend’s tie against Lecce, boss Walter Mazzarri is counting on his return for the following game.

Coppa Italia finalists Napoli are hoping to end the campaign in third place, thus ensuring qualification for next season’s Champions League.

However, since winning five League games on the trot, the Azzurri have picked up just two points from the last 15 available.

They’ve lost their last three games in a row, conceding nine goals in the process. They are sixth in the standings, six points shy of third-placed Lazio.

Maggio, whose agent recently denied links with Chelsea, has scored three goals in 27 League games so far this term.