Trabzonspor's Belkalem, Mehmet Ekici, Medjani to miss Napoli clash

Trabzonspor’s Belkalem, Mehmet Ekici, Medjani to miss Napoli clash


Trabzonspor manager Ersun Yanal is not expected to risk any of his players currently carrying injuries for the Europa League return leg against Napoli.

The Black Sea Storm were humiliated at home by a 4-0 scoreline with goals coming from Henrique, Higuain, Gabbiadini and Zapata.

Essaïd Belkalem, Mehmet Ekici, Carl Medjani, Yusuf Erdoğan and Mustapha Yatabare all missed first team training this week and are expected to be rested for the mid-week encounter.

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Trabzonspor will also be without goalkeeper Onur Kıvrak due to injury.

The loss was Trabzonspor’s heaviest defeat at home in European competition. The win was also Napoli’s biggest away win in the Europa League.

Trabzonspor replacement keeper Hakan Arıkan has now conceded 13 goals in his last three games against side managed by Rafael Benitez.

Arıkan was in goal for Beşiktaş’s 8-0 loss against Liverpool in the 2007-08 Champions League at Anfield and the Black Eagles 2-1 win against the Reds in Istanbul.

The Black Sea Storm are sixth in the Turkish Super League with 34 points in 21 games.