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Mertens to miss Catania trip

24 March 2014 17:41

Napoli have been given a boost with the news that forward Dries Mertens' ankle injury is only a first-degree sprain.

The Belgium international was withdrawn due to the problem shortly after coming on as a substitute in Napoli's 1-0 defeat to Fiorentina on Sunday.

An MRI scan on Monday revealed the 26-year-old will miss Wednesday's trip to Catania as he undergoes physiotherapy and rehabilitation treatment on his right ankle.

Despite Sunday's loss to fourth-placed Fiorentina, Napoli enjoy a seven-point cushion in third and look set to clinch the final UEFA Champions League spot in Serie A.

However, coach Rafael Benitez will be eager for Mertens to return as soon as possible due as they continue with a tricky run of fixtures.

After their trip to Catania, Napoli host runaway leaders Juventus on Sunday before clashes with Parma and Lazio - who sit fifth and seventh respectively in the table.

Mertens, who joined Napoli from PSV last June, has featured 26 times in Serie A this term, scoring six times.

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2 - 4

Competition
Serie A
Date
26 March 2014
Game week
30
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
0 - 4
Full-time
2 - 4
Venue
Stadio Angelo Massimino (Catania)
Attendance
13513

Goals

0 - 1
17' D. Zapata
 (assist by José Callejón)
0 - 2
0 - 3
40' Henrique
 (assist by M. Hamšík)
0 - 4
43' D. Zapata
 (assist by José Callejón)
F. Monzón 52'  
1 - 4
N. Gyömbér 75'
(assist by F. Lodi) 
2 - 4

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
33
22
9
13
15
19
88
80

Friday 19 September

14:44
14:09
13:58
13:17
13:15
13:02
12:45
12:30
12:11
11:56
11:10
10:34
10:19
10:15
09:57
09:49
09:18
08:09
07:28
06:51
06:20
06:09
05:21
05:14
04:39
04:22
04:10
03:27
02:34
02:31
02:04
01:23
00:59
00:59
00:42

Thursday 18 September

23:52
23:29
23:29
23:08
22:56
22:20
20:59
20:58
20:52
19:09
18:57
18:53
18:41
18:37
18:30
18:14
18:13
18:07
17:55
17:46
17:46
17:20
17:15
16:59
16:44
16:38
16:37
16:36
16:35
16:25
14:55
14:36
14:14
14:13
14:12
14:10
14:05
13:42
13:23
13:00
12:43
12:41
12:28
12:27
12:07
12:01
11:38
11:23
11:01
11:00
10:45
10:33
10:22
10:17
09:59
09:46
09:38
08:00
07:08
06:58
06:12
05:31
05:20
04:52
04:48
04:03
03:29
03:27
03:14
02:59
02:33
01:16
00:25
00:24
00:19
00:07
00:04
00:00

Wednesday 17 September

23:54
23:53
23:50
23:47
23:44
23:34
23:24
23:21
23:03
23:00
22:46
22:45
22:44
22:44
22:43
22:42
21:09
20:31
19:45
19:25
19:16
19:11
18:50
18:49
18:45
18:35
18:25
18:20
18:01
17:51
17:34
16:56
16:10
16:10
16:00
15:45
15:31
15:29
14:10
13:57
13:34
13:09
12:32
11:56
11:05
10:48
10:23
10:10
09:43
09:38
09:37
08:38
08:37
07:18
05:47
04:06
03:49
03:14
03:10
02:32
02:26
02:26
01:35
01:20
00:35
00:35
00:33
00:27
00:26
00:26
00:10
00:05
00:04
00:02
00:00

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 2 +3 6
2 2 +3 6
3 2 +3 6
4 2 +7 4
5 2 +2 4
6 2 +1 4
7 2 +1 4
8 2 +1 3
9 2 +0 3
10 2 +0 3
11 2 +0 3
12 2 -2 3
13 2 -1 1
14 2 -1 1
15 2 -1 1
16 2 -2 1
17 2 -2 1
18 2 -7 1
19 2 -2 0
20 2 -3 0

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