Napoli has been forced to clarify that their starting midfielder is just clumsy, that’s all. Nothing to see here, apparently.
Midfielder Piotr Zielinski was injured in training on Friday, and according to reports, it was the result of a prank gone wrong. International and club teammate Arkadiusz Milik was accused of snatching the ball from under Zielinski’s foot, injuring his ankle in the process.
The club has come out to confirm this was not the case, and that Zielinski just, well, fell over. On his own.
As the report says, Zielinski will miss around two weeks after he “tripped over in unfortunate circumstances” and “did not sustain the injury as a result of a prank.”
Zielinski and Milik are both 24 years old and are teammates not only at Napoli but also on the Poland national team, where they both made appearances in the 2018 World Cup. They both arrived at their current club in the 2016 summer transfer window just three days apart.