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Ghoulam dropped from Napoli squad for RB Salzburg clash

13:41 SAST 2019/10/22
Faouzi Ghoulam - Napoli
The Algeria defender did not travel with the Italian outfit for Wednesday’s Champions League match in Austria

Faouzi Ghoulam has been dropped from Napoli’s squad that will face RB Salzburg in Champions League matchday three.

Reports claim Ghoulam was dropped from Carlo Ancelotti's selection because of his poor performances in training.

The 28-year-old was also an unused substitute in Napoli's 2-0 win over Hellas Verona on Sunday.

Although he has played in five Serie A matches this term, Ghoulam is yet to make an appearance in elite European competition this season.

The left-back is expected to continue personal training in Naples ahead of the team's arrival and their next Serie A fixture against SPAL on Sunday.

Ghoulam faces the same fate on the international scene to prove his top fitness because he was dropped from Algeria's last three international outings (against Benin, DR Congo and Colombia). He also missed their triumph at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

In his absence, Napoli who sit at the summit of Group E with four points after two games, will be looking to grab their second win in the Champions League when they lock horns against their hosts at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday.