Higuain back in action for Napoli

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 31 August, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 31 August, 2013, 4:26am


Napoli head north to Chievo today on the back of a convincing opening day win over Bologna, thanking their lucky stars new signing Gonzalo Higuain will be available.

The former Real Madrid striker suffered an accident during the week on a day out on the picturesque island of Capri in the Gulf of Naples.

Higuain signed for last year's runners-up in the close season for €40 million (HK$412 million) after Italy's top scorer, Uruguayan Edinson Cavani, left to join Paris-Saint Germain.

But after making his debut at home to Bologna, the Argentine striker gave the club a fright after falling on to rocks and needing 10 stitches in facial injuries.

Outspoken Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis hit out at the treatment Higuain received at hospital, bizarrely declaring he would try to sue the region of Campania and Capri for €100 million - and then give the money to charity.

Although initially reported to be unavailable for several weeks, Higuain has trained and will be available for the trip to Chievo, who opened their season last week with a scoreless draw away to Parma.

Coach Antonio Conte led Juventus to their second consecutive scudetto last season and last week's 1-0 win away to Sampdoria, courtesy of Carlos Tevez's maiden Serie A goal, suggested they will be the team to beat again this season.

However, their first big test of the season comes in today's late game when they host Lazio, who are still hurting from their 4-0 rout in the Italian Super Cup a fortnight ago.