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Tuesday April 13 2021
Politano to get the nod against Inter

Napoli forward Matteo Politano seems set to play against his former club Inter on Sunday, as Gennaro Gattuso must cope without Hirving Lozano.

The Partenopei have scheduled to resume training tomorrow, after two and a half days of rest, but Tuttosport highlights the Mexican attacker is suspended for the game against the Nerazzurri.

Coach Gattuso is expected to start Politano on the flank and the former Inter man will be eager to prove Antonio Conte wrong this weekend.

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Saturday April 3 2021
New Napoli role for Mertens?

Napoli confirm Diego Demme is out, while David Ospina could play against Crotone despite a fractured finger, but Piotr Zielinski will likely be rested so Dries Mertens can take a new role.

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The Partenopei named their squad list this morning and Gennaro Gattuso must do without midfielder Demme and long-term absentee Faouzi Ghoulam.

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Tuesday March 30 2021
Mertens out of Crotone?

Napoli forward Dries Mertens seems set to miss the next match against Crotone but should be back for Juventus on April 7.

The Belgian striker remained with the international team despite having hurt his shoulder against Czech Republic.

Mertens started the World Cup Qualifier but was substituted after falling awkwardly onto his shoulder.

Mertens will reportedly not play when Belgium face Belarus tonight, the third match in the qualifiers for Qatar 2022 this month.

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Monday March 29 2021
Martinez provides Lukaku, Mertens updates

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez says Romelu Lukaku won't play 90 minutes against Belarus tomorrow and provides an update on Dries Mertens' fitness.

The Red Devils beat Wales in the World Cup qualifiers' opener and picked up a draw against the Czech Republic on Saturday.

They face Belarus at home tomorrow.

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Monday March 29 2021
Report: Mertens remains in Belgium squad

La Repubblica reports Napoli forward Dries Mertens will remain in the Belgium squad after hurting his shoulder against Czech Republic.

Gennaro Gattuso reportedly appreciated Roberto Martinez’s gesture when the Belgium CT brought Mertens off after 56 minutes due to an issue in the shoulder.

Mertens has started the game but was substituted in Prague after falling awkwardly onto his shoulder.

The newspaper claims Mertens will not return to Naples and stay with the squad that faces Belarus tomorrow.

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Sunday March 28 2021
Mertens shoulder injury not serious

Napoli are breathing a sigh of relief after reports Dries Mertens has not badly damaged his shoulder playing for Belgium.

The striker went off after falling awkwardly during last night’s 1-1 draw with the Czech Republic.

There were concerns, especially as Victor Osimhen dislocated his shoulder on international duty for Nigeria in November and was out for several months.

However, the Corriere del Mezzogiorno newspaper claims Mertens has been in contact with Napoli staff.

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Saturday March 27 2021
Mertens concern for Napoli

Napoli are awaiting news from the Belgium camp after Dries Mertens hurt his shoulder in the World Cup qualifier with the Czech Republic.

The striker had started the game, but was substituted in Prague after 56 minutes.

According to the latest reports, the change was due to Mertens falling awkwardly onto his shoulder.

More tests will be required and it’s hoped this is just a knock.

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Wednesday March 24 2021
Mertens 'lives like a King' at Napoli

Dries Mertens ‘lives like a King in Naples, but it doesn’t take much to lose your throne’ and he is thinking about the future after Napoli.

The 33-year-old has been in Naples since 2013 and earned the most Neapolitan of nicknames, Ciro.

“At times I think that I can play until I’m 40, whereas at others I think I don’t have kids yet, I have time to travel the world. It’d be nice to discover something new,” Mertens told Belgian paper HLN.

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Monday March 22 2021
Mertens’ message for Lukaku

Napoli striker Dries Mertens became the first Belgian to score 100 goals in Serie A and celebrated with a message for Romelu Lukaku.

Mertens netted a brace in the Azzurri’s 2-0 win over Roma on Sunday.

The first one came from a free-kick, while the second one was a header after a well-worked move set up by Lorenzo Insigne and Matteo Politano.

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Sunday March 21 2021
Highlights: Roma 0-2 Napoli

Watch Dries Mertens strike twice in the first half to reach his Serie A Century and give Napoli a big victory away to Roma.

This is a potentially decisive result in the race for the top four and confirms the Giallorossi’s tendency to slip up against the bigger clubs.

Mertens opened the scoring with a free kick routine, using an extra wall of his own teammates to obscure goalkeeper Pau Lopez’s view.

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