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Napoli facing another month without Faouzi Ghoulam

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Napoli facing another month without Faouzi Ghoulam

Ghoulam out for a further month after knee surgery

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Faouzi Ghoulam was close to making his return to first team action after recovering from a torn ACL, but a fractured right patella will keep him out for another month.

Napoli full-back Faouzi Ghoulam will spend another month on the sidelines after undergoing surgery on a fractured patella in his right knee. Ghoulam has been out of action for Napoli since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in the same knee during the 4-2 Champions League group stage defeat to Manchester City on 1 November. The Algeria international returned to first-team training last month but suffered a setback in his recovery and required an operation.

New setback for Ghoulam

"Ghoulam was operated on at Villa Stuart by Professor [Pierpaolo] Mariana due to a transverse fracture of the right patella," Napoli confirmed in a statement . "The intervention was perfectly successful. Faouzi will start rehabilitation [on Saturday]. He will be evaluated in 15 days and should return to the training pitch in a month."

Napoli slipped to second in Serie A after Juventus beat Fiorentina 2-0 last night, but Maurizio Sarri's side can return to the summit with victory over Lazio on Saturday.

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