Napoli manager Maurizio Sarriclaims that goalkeeper Pepe Reina is unlikely to make it to the first-team for the game against Juventus.
Reina has been unavailable for selection since the international break. He had to leave the international action with a calf injury. Up until now, it appears that the player has been performing well to treatment and may just feature in the game against Juventus. It is an extremely important match for the club in the context of the Italian Serie A title and Champions League qualification. In such a match, the presence of the best players would often make the difference.
Yet,Sarri says that the goalkeeper was only 65% fit in the last tests. He may not be risked in the game considering that the Napoli team has even bigger games coming up in the next few weeks.
Even if Napoli do not beat Juventus, it is important that the club managed to get the 34-year-old goalkeeper as soon as possible. A veteran of several games throughout his career, Reina has the experience to deal with the business end of the campaign in a calm and collected manner. Napoli are third in the Italian Serie A, but it looks like the club will be missing out on a second spot, which is occupied by Roma.
“The decision is up to him, he’ll realise if he’s fit or not.Tests results can well be comforting, but it’s also about how the lad feels. If he is efficient enough to play, then we’ll evaluate it.As I said, it depends on him. Reina has great experience and intelligence,” said the Napoli manager. Napoli come into the game on the back of three consecutive wins in the Italian Serie A, although they did suffer a heavy loss against Real Madrid the Champions League last 16 round.