Dries Mertens out for three weeks due to ankle injury sustained in Napoli’s defeat at Inter Milan – which reduced him to tears – with forward’s rehab to take place in Belgium over Christmas
- Dries Mertens will miss at least three weeks of Napoli’s season with a leg injury
- Forward, 33, was forced off in the first half of club’s 1-0 defeat by Inter Milan
- Napoli say his condition will be ‘re-evaluated’ in January after rehab in Belgium
Napoli forward Dries Mertens will be out for at least three weeks with an ankle injury suffered during Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat at Inter Milan, the club said on Thursday.
The 33-year-old Belgium international was forced off in tears during the first half of the Serie A match at San Siro, and was replaced by Andrea Petagna.
Diagnostic tests have shown a first/second degree sprain to the left ankle, read a club statement, which confirmed Mertens went for tests the day after the match.
Dries Mertens will be out for at least three weeks for Napoli after sustaining an ankle sprain
The forward has begun his rehabilitation back in his native Belgium over Christmas
His condition will be re-evaluated in three weeks. Mertens has already started his rehabilitation, which will take place in Belgium over the festive period.
Mertens will sit out at least four Serie A matches against Lazio, Torino, Cagliari and Spezia while he recovers.
The forward, who is Napoli’s all-time top scorer, has five goals in 17 appearances in all competitions this season.
Napoli are fourth in the Serie A standings, five points behind leaders AC Milan after 12 games.
Mertens will sit out at least four Serie A games against Lazio, Torino, Cagliari and Spezia
Napoli lost the game 1-0 to Inter Milan at San Siro, with Romelu Lukaku the game’s only scorer
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