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Napoli name squad for Chievo Verona without suspended Raul Albiol

Napoli will only have one notable absence from the squad, with two key reserves coming back in after passing fitness tests.

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Napoli are in a must-win situation against Chievo Verona on Saturday, and they've named a squad to suit their needs. The only absence from the squad is Raul Albiol, who is serving a one-match suspension after picking up his fifth yellow card against Fiorentina on Monday.

That will force Maurizio Sarri into making an interesting decision with his starting lineup. Will he give that starting spot to Vlad Chiriches, who has more experience in the side and has generally done well when called upon? Or will he finally hand a debut to Vasco Regini, who ostensibly was brought in during the January window to give Napoli the left-footed reserve center back they needed for balance? Seeing which way he goes with that decision could be quite revealing.

Both Ivan Strinic and Omar El Kaddouri, who missed the Fiorentina match with fitness concerns, will be available off the bench again, which is surely good news for Sarri. In fact, it shouldn't be shocking if Strinic starts, as Faouzi Ghoulam struggled mightily against the Viola and might be in need of a break.

Goalkeepers: Pepe Reina, Gabriel, Rafael Cabral

Defenders: Christian Maggio, Elseid Hysaj, Faouzi Ghoulam, Ivan Strinic, Vlad Chiriches, Sebastiano Luperto, Vasco Regini, Kalidou Koulibaly

Midfielders: Allan, Mirko Valdifiori, Jorginho, Nathaniel Chalobah, Marek Hamsik, Omar El Kaddouri, David Lopez, Alberto Grassi

Forwrads: Jose Callejon, Dries Mertens, Lorenzo Insigne, Gonzalo Higuain, Manolo Gabbiadini