Napoli defender Faouzi Ghoulam to return ahead of schedule from injury

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The Algeria international is yet to play a competitive game since he damaged his anterior cruciate ligament back in November 2017

Faouzi Ghoulam is expected to resume training with Napoli in six weeks time, according to team doctor Alfonso De Nicola.

The left-back initially suffered an anterior cruciate ligament rupture in a Champions League fixture against Manchester City in November that kept him out of action for two months.

On his return to training in February, the 27-year-old fractured his kneecap and was ruled out for entire 2017-18 season.

In June, Ghoulam joined the Partenopei in preparation for the new season but fractured his kneecap again and was expected to be on the sidelines till mid-October.

Following a series of medical tests at the club's Villa Stuart clinic, De Nicola assured that Algeria international could be available for Carlo Ancelotti in September.

“I heard from doctor Mariani after the check-up and he said everything is going very well, and that we can intensify the program if we want to,” Alfonso De Nicola told Radio Kiss Kiss.

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“There will be a new check-up next month to give the coach the right to use him, then, of course, the lad needs to find top physical condition and that could take time.

“It’ll be at least six weeks before he can work with the group, but if he does well in his physical preparation he could even be available to be called up.”

Ghoulam joined the Naples outfit from Saint Etienne in 2014 and has scored two goals in 153 appearances across all competitions.