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Reina has less than 50% chance to play against Udinese

Reports indicate that the odds we see Gabriel in goal for Napoli are better than 50/50.

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Reports early on matchday aren't looking great for Napoli fans -- while Pepe Reina made the trip with the team to face Udinese, it's looking very unlikely that he's going to play.

Indications are that there's less than a 50% chance that the Spanish goalkeeper is in the starting XI for Napoli in Udine, with the calf injury he suffered late in the week still proving problematic. It's a tricky injury to deal with for any player, but especially for goalkeepers, and right now it doesn't look like it's going to allow Reina to take the field.

Those same reports indicate that Gabriel, the goalkeeper on loan from AC Milan, is the man most likely to be given the starting nod in Reina's place. That makes sense, as he's played more than Rafael Cabral this season and generally done well when called upon. Both of Napoli's backups have been getting in extra training reps ever since Reina went down, so hopefully they'll be ready for action.

Cross your fingers, ladies and gents. This one could get a little rough without a fully fit Reina.