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The Italian Football Federation are working closely with the Partenopei in order to help restore the terrible condition of the turf, ahead of the return of Serie A next week

Napoli's San Paolo pitch is slowly being restored under the watchful eyes of Italy's governing football authority, the FIGC.

The Partenopei entertained Fiorentina in last weekend's round of Serie A matches, with the deteriorating condition of the field causing widespread concern.

It was said that the state of the grass was due to a virus and as a result the Italian Football Federation is carefully monitoring it ahead of September 16, when Napoli are due to host Parma.

"You can see the results already," said Giovanni Castelli, the agronomist sent by the league to assess the pitch.

"Next Tuesday we will check it again and see if everything will be okay for the game on the September 16.

"The first measures of action taken by president Aurelio De Laurentiis have paid off."

Still, the process of improvement remains slow, with torrential downpours limiting the growth of the grass.

Despite that, Castelli is still optimistic.

"What I have seen, at least in terms of aesthetics, comforts me," he continued.

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However, there is a way to go yet before the pitch is ready to host a top level game. Not only is there the Parma game, but a few days later AIK Solna are due to play here in the Europa League."

The outbreak of the virus is said to have developed due to heat, dampness in the air and the lack of preventive maintenance that occurs in June. 

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