Gonzalo Higuain Injury: Updates on Napoli Striker's Ankle and Return

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistApril 26, 2014

Napoli forward Gerardo Gonzalo Higuain of Argentina is carried away from the field after injuring during a Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Napoli, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Luca Bruno

Updates from Sunday, April 27

Football Italia's Staff reports test results for Gonzalo Higuain's injury:

Tests have confirmed Gonzalo Higuain suffered heavy bruising to the tibia, but no serious damage.


This morning he was taken in for more detailed tests, which “confirmed the initial diagnosis performed yesterday.”

It is a heavy bruise to the right tibia, so the base of the ankle where it meets the foot.

“His condition will be evaluated over the next few days.”


Original Text

Napoli earned a scoreless draw against Inter on Saturday evening, but the result may have been costly, as Gonzalo Higuain had to leave the game with an apparent ankle injury.

From Football Italia:

If the latter report is true, it will be a major relief for Napoli. While the team seems secure in earning a Champions League bid—they are currently eight points clear of Fiorentina in third place with three Serie A games remaining—the loss of Higuain against Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia final could potentially be costly.

It remains to be seen if this injury is in anyway connected to the training injury he received that kept him out of the Udinese match last week. A week ago, he told Football Italia he was "still feeling pain," though this could be an entirely separate incident.

Signed from Real Madrid this summer, Higuain has been a huge hit, leading the team with 17 Serie A goals and seven assists in 32 appearances. While he's struggled at times throughout the year, he's generally been one of Napoli's most deadly offensive weapons. 

In a season in which Napoli wasn't able to compete for a title and bowed out in the group stage of the Champions League, earning the Coppa Italia would make up for other disappointments. It won't be an easy task if Higuain can't go.