Napoli's star man may miss Swansea clash

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Swansea's chances of beating Napoli could be given a massive boost after Gonzalo Higuain picked up an injury at the weekend.

Swansea are preparing to host an in-form Napoli side on Thursday evening in the Europa League and they appear to have a daunting task on their hands.

Rafa Benitez's side are on impressive form and saw off Sassuolo 2-0 away from home to follow up a magnificent 3-0 Coppa Italia win over Roma.

The Partenopei will come into the clash against Swansea as favourites, but they may be without one of their key men.

Striker Gonzalo Higuain, who has 12 Serie A goals to his name and has been a driving force for Napoli this term, could be sidelined with an injury he sustained against Sassuolo.

After the game, Benitez insisted that the injury was minor, but reports today suggest it may be something bigger.

"The injury is nothing serious," Benitez claimed in his post-match comments. "He just took a blow to his back."

But Il Mattino reports that Higuain is concerned by the injury and is ready to sit out the game against Swansea in order to ensure a smooth recovery.

The next 24 hours will be crucial in assessing the extent of the injury and Higuain's chances of facing Swansea.

The paper points out the irony that the injury was picked up after a tackle by Paolo Cannavaro, the ex-Napoli man who first welcomed Higuain to the club.

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