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Napoli release squad list for Sassuolo match, with one important return and one odd mystery

Jorginho returns to the squad after two matches out injured. Will he be enough to help Napoli beat Sassuolo? Also, why has one member of the squad been consistently left out despite reportedly being healthy?

Why can't this poor guy even get on the bench?
Why can't this poor guy even get on the bench?
Paolo Bruno

Tomorrow is a much more important match than any tilt against Sassuolo should ever be, as Napoli continue to try and get their season floating again after suffering repeated setbacks.

They'll have one familiar face around to try to help things out, though: Jorginho has been named to the squad by Rafa Benitez after missing the last two matches with an unspecified muscular injury. Having the Brazilian back in midfield will be a huge boost, as his calming, tidy presence was badly missed the last two matches.

That begs the question, though: who does he replace in midfield? Gokhan Inler, who seems to finally be heading back towards being in form and is arguably Napoli's best pivot midfielder on his day? Or Walter Gargano, Rafa's apparent golden boy who can't be seen as doing anything wrong, despite significant evidence to the contrary?

Seeing Jorginho back in the fold also highlights one notable and persistent absence this season: Josip Radosevic. The Croatian has been absent from every squad Napoli has named this season, despite playing well under Rafa when called upon last season and showing positive signs during the preseason.

Why he's been so completely uninvolved is a mystery, especially with the club's refusal to loan him out when opportunities presented themselves this summer. Radosevic is at a point in his career and development that he needs to be playing as often as possible to become the player we all think he can be, but he can't even so much as sniff the bench right now. While he certainly has his rough edges, Radosevic has also always shown his qualities when he's played, and those rough edges will only get smoothed out with on-field experience.

It's not even a matter of space in the match squad. While this one has a full 23-man contingent, Rafa has named 21 and 22 man squads several times this season and left him out. Even at 23 men, that still includes a third goalkeeper in Roberto Colombo, who we all know isn't going to play ever. So why stick him out at the end of the bench in place of a player who could maybe be useful in Radosevic?

Besides, he can't be worse than Gargano, right?

Here's the full squad for your perusal:

Goalkeepers: Rafael Cabral, Mariano Andujar, Roberto Colombo

"Defenders": Christian Maggio, Giandomenico Mesto, Henrique Buss, Camilo Zuniga, Faouzi Ghoulam, Miguel Britos, Kalidou Koulibaly, Raul Albiol

Midfielders: Gokhan Inler, Walter Gargano, Jorginho, David Lopez, Jonathan De Guzman, Marek Hamsik, Dries Mertens, Michu

Forwards: Jose Callejon, Lorenzo Insigne, Duvan Zapata, Gonzalo Higuain