New Ghoulam injury blow for Napoli

Naples (Italy) (AFP) - Algerian international defender Faouzi Ghoulam has suffered another injury setback ahead of his anticipated return for Serie A leaders Napoli, fracturing his kneecap in training on Friday, the Italian club said.

New Ghoulam injury blow for Napoli

New Ghoulam injury blow for Napoli

Napoli, who host Lazio in Serie A on Saturday, said in a statement that Ghoulam "injured his right knee during the team's training session" on Friday, and a fractured patella was suspected.

"Ghoulam will be visited today by Professor Mariani at Villa Stuart (Sport Clinic in Rome)," the statement added.

It is the second injury for the 27-year-old this season after he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament rupture playing in the Champions League group-stage against Manchester City last November.

The France-born player was operated on by Professor Pier Paolo Mariani in November and was out of action for two months, only rejoining to team training just over a week ago.

It had been hoped that Ghoulam would make his eagerly-anticipated return when Napoli host Lazio on Saturday night.

Napoli are just one point ahead of Juventus with the six-time defending champions, who travel to Fiorentina on Friday night, looking to pull ahead.

Despite his injury Ghoulam recently signed a contract extension with Napoli.

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