September 25, 2017 / 2:51 PM / a year ago

Feyenoord suffer injury blow ahead of Napoli match

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Feyenoord have suffered an injury blow ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League tie at Napoli as Brazilian defender Eric Botteghin was ruled out of the game.

FILE PHOTO: Football Soccer - Feyenoord v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Group Stage - Group A - De Kuip Stadium, Rotterdam, Netherlands - 15/9/16. Manchester United's Juan Mata in action with Feyenoord's Eric Botteghin Reuters / Michael Kooren EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

He will join the Dutch club’s influential striker Nicolas Jorgenson and first-choice goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer on the sidelines for the Group F match.

Botteghin suffered a knee injury in the league game at home to NAC Breda on Saturday, which Feyenoord surprisingly lost 2-0, the club said on Monday.

Feyenoord lost their opening Champions League group game 4-0 at home to Manchester City and will start as underdogs against their Italian opponents.

Reporting by Mark Gleeson, Editing by Ed Osmond

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