Oh international breaks, how we loathe three. Just two days after finding out that Dries Mertens is coming home from international duty early with an injury, Napoli have been hit with even worse news: Gonzalo Higuain picked up a foot injury playing for Argentina against Brazil in World Cup qualifying.
Higuain isn't hurt seriously enough to send home, or at least that decision hasn't been made yet. He trained separately from his teammates on Saturday morning after the 1-1 draw and worked closely with team medical staff as they worked to see if they could get him fit. With Argentina already missing Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero and facing a crucial qualifier against Colombia on Tuesday, they very much need to get Higuain fit in order to get their first World Cup qualifying win.
The saddest part, perhaps, is that Higuain played excellently in that match against Brazil. He didn't score, but it was perhaps his best comprehensive performance for Argentina in a long time, dominating Brazil's back line to help create numerous scoring opportunities for Argentina, and delivering a wonderful pass to former Napoli star Ezequiel Lavezzi to set up Argentina's lone goal. In fact, if not for some poor service sent his way, Higuain could have had a goal or three by the 20th minute, he was beating Miranda so badly -- perhaps a promising sign for Napoli's match against Inter later in November, provided Higuain is healthy by then.
Hopefully this injury isn't anything too serious and Higuain will be good to go and back at 100% by the time Napoli take on Hellas Verona next Sunday.