Napoli didn’t only lose the chance to win three points against Sassuolo yesterday. They also lost Kalidou Koulibaly, Lorenzo Insigne, and Fabian Ruiz through injuries. Here’s how serious these are.
Atalanta, Milan, Inter, and Napoli are only five points apart at the top of Serie A’s table. However, each of them is suffering from injuries that could impact their title race. Napoli seems to be in a worse position with Victor Osimhen out and Zambo Anguissa absent for several weeks.
Luciano Spalletti will face even more concerns after yesterday’s match against Sassuolo. Lorenzo Insigne suffered a minor calf injury while Kalidou Koulibaly and Fabian Ruiz were both forced to leave the pitch because of muscular problems. Spalletti said that the defender, as well as the midfielder, might not be able to recover in time for the game against Atalanta next week.
Napoli’s most serious concerns surround veteran defenders about Kalidou Koulibaly. Reports suggest he could be out for up to three weeks, an eternity in the packed schedule of Serie A during December.
During the 2-2 draw against Sassuolo at Mapei Stadium, the center-back was seen limping off. His loss was felt deeply. The Partenopei were 2-1 ahead before Koulibaly was replaced by Juan Jesus.
Napoli ended up conceding another goal and the game ended in a draw. Gregoire Defrel scored a third in the dying seconds. This goal was disallowed due to Domenico Berardi’s foul on Amir Rrahmani.
Napoli has made an official statement about Koulibaly. It reveals that the defender has a left thigh problem.
Meanwhile, Lorenzo Insigne (left leg) and Fabian Ruiz (right leg) were replaced “as a precaution.”
Sky Sport Italia reports that the initial diagnosis of Koulibaly’s health is not encouraging, and there are fears that he might be out for up to three weeks. This makes him almost certain to miss the Atalanta clash, but also a serious doubt for the Scudetto matchup with Milan.
The issue of Senegal is also important since he is supposed to be on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations in Jan.