Napoli coach considering benching captain for Atalanta match
The 26-year-old midfielder returned from international duty for Slovakia with a slight adductor tendon problem and the tactician is not eager to risk his top goalscorer.
According to Tuttosport the Napoli boss could replace the former Brescia player in the starting lineup with new arrival Dries Mertens, who would pair with Jose Callejon behind striker Gonzalo Higuain.
Mertens made his debut for the club during the club’s first Serie A match of the season against Bologna when he replaced Hamsik in the 71st minute.
The Partenopei will make their Champions League comeback next week when they face last season’s runner-up Borussia Dortmund at the Stadio San Paolo on September 18.