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Napoli talisman facing lengthy spell on sidelines through thigh injury

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Reports in Italy suggest Napoli might have to make do without a crucial player for a while as Lorenzo Insigne could be out for three months.

Napoli registered their first victory of the Europa League campaign on Thursday, scraping past Real Sociedad with a 1-0 scoreline.

Gennaro Gattuso’s side might have grabbed all three points but the manager certainly did not walk away after the Group F matchday 2 fixture with a big smile.

Lorenzo Insigne, one of the team’s most consistent and influential performers, suffered an injury last night which could keep him out of action for a prolonged duration.

Insigne picked up a knock on his thigh and was forced to get off the pitch at Anoeta after just 22 minutes.

The club is yet to provide details about the extent of his injury, but unofficial sources claim the Italian forward could remain on the sidelines for up to three months.

“Lorenzo said he stopped in time and it wasn’t the same intensity of pain that he felt last time, so hopefully it’s not serious,” Gattuso said about the captain’s injury after the game, as per Football Italia.

Insigne picked up a similar injury in the  6-0 win against Genoa in September and subsequently remained on the sidelines for 20 days, missing three matches in total.