Saturday December 18 2010
Lucarelli's amazing comeback

Cristiano Lucarelli is back in the Napoli squad for the first time since he underwent knee surgery in September after a remarkable recovery.

There were fears the striker's career could be over when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against Utrecht on September 16.

Lucarelli was expected to be out of action for five to six months, but has rocketed through treatment ahead of schedule.

He is in the squad for tomorrow's game with Lecce, one of his former clubs.

Napoli must do without Ezequiel Lavezzi, plus suspended quartet Salvatore Aronica, Hugo Campagnaro, Paolo Cannavaro and Michele Pazienza.

Napoli squad: De Sanctis, Iezzo, Cribari, Dossena, Grava, Rullo, Santacroce, Zuniga, Blasi, Gargano, Hamsik, Maggio, Sosa, Vitale, Yebda, Cavani, Lucarelli, Maiello, Dumitru

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