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Napoli sweating on the fitness of Mertens after equaling club record
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Napoli sweating on the fitness of Mertens after equaling club record

Italian giants Napoli are hoping that they can have Dries Mertens back in action as fast as possible with the confirming that he had a bruise on his ankle in their Tuesday 1-1 draw against Barcelona.

After putting Napoli in the lead with a well-taken goal at the Stadio San Paolo, the Belgian was withdrawn in the 53rd minute of the game for Arkadiusz Milik with the club confirming after the game that he had to be withdrawn after picking up an injury.

"Dries Mertens sustained bruising to his right ankle during a collision which forced him to leave the pitch early in the second half of tonight's match against Barcelona," a Napoli statement noted.

The goal scored in the 30th minute was Mertens 121st goal for Napoli in all competitions; an outing that saw him equal the club’s leading scorer Marek Hamsik's goal scoring record for Napoli.

The goal saw him leapfrog Diego Maradona (115) into second place on the all-time list in October with the player having joined the Serie A side from PSV in 2013.

Of Mertens' 121 goals, 90 have come in Serie A, with another 26 via European competition. His attacking instincts have seen him get linked with teams across Europe with the player has scored 12 goals across all competitions for Napoli this season.