Napoli, who suffered consecutive losses before the international break, will aim to regain their footing when they face a struggling Hellas Verona team on Saturday.
Having been defeated by Real Madrid and Fiorentina, the reigning Serie A champions will resume their campaign at Stadio Bentegodi, a venue where Hellas have only managed to secure one victory in the league this season.
Unfortunately for Napoli, their star striker Victor Osimhen, who has faced several setbacks since joining the club, will be sidelined for up to six weeks due to a hamstring injury sustained while on international duty with Nigeria.
As a result, former Verona forward Giovanni Simeone is expected to step in as the main attacking threat for Napoli on Saturday. Italian internationals Giacomo Raspadori and Matteo Politano will compete for a place alongside Simeone and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia in the forward line.
In other team news, Sweden midfielder Jens Cajuste is likely to replace the injured Andre-Frank Anguissa, who is unavailable due to a thigh injury. Juan Jesus remains out of action, but fellow center-back Amir Rrahmani has returned to training and is set to resume his defensive duties.
On the other hand, Verona’s injury concerns have eased, with Pawel Dawidowicz and Isak Hien potentially returning to the back three after their respective layoffs. The only doubt for Verona is Josh Doig.
After experimenting with different attacking combinations, Verona coach Marco Baroni may consider starting either Federico Bonazzoli or Milan Djuric. Among the Verona players, only Belgian forward Cyril Ngonge has scored more than one goal in Serie A this season.
Hellas Verona vs. Napoli – lineups
Hellas Verona possible starting lineup:
Montipo; Dawidowicz, Hien, Magnani; Terracciano, Duda, Folorunsho, Lazovic; Suslov, Ngonge; Bonazzoli
Napoli possible starting lineup:
Meret; Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Natan, Rui; Cajuste, Lobotka, Zielinski; Politano, Simeone, Kvaratskhelia