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Rafa Benitez on the Cagliari game and Dries Mertens' recovery


Napoli coach Rafa Benitez says the home game against Cagliari should be an entertaining game of football.

The Partenopei climbed up to third in the Serie A table after a number of positive results before the international break and the Spaniard hopes to continue the positive run when they host Zdenek Zeman's side on Sunday afternoon.

"I'm sure the game will be between two teams who want to win," Benitez told Radio Kiss Kiss.

"Both teams love to attack, to entertain. Fans will be happy to attend when teams play like this, I believe it will be a beautiful game of football.

"We know that it's not easy to recover after the international break.

"But we're confident, we produced three positive results in the league and Europe and this means we should be aware that we're doing the right things.

"All players involved with their national teams are back. I also followed [Gonzalo] Higuain in Manchester. We now have a number of days together to prepare the game and we're focused on Sunday's game.

"I spoke with [Dries] Mertens and with his doctor. He will be back tomorrow and the priority is of course to assess his fitness level. It's highly unlikely that he will feature on Sunday.

"[On Friday] I will meet with the medical staff to assess all other players. [Jonathan] De Guzman is available, Jorginho is suspended and [Faouzi] Ghoulam could play higher up the pitch."

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