Resurgent AC Milan host Napoli looking to avenge a crushing home defeat to the Azzuri last season as the fight for title glory and coveted Champions League places intensifies in Serie A. A week after leaders Juventus suffered a shock 2-1 reverse at Fiorentina to allow Roma to close to within one point, the Turin giants have reason to be looking over their shoulders as they chase a record sixth consecutive crown. Roma are only one point behind in second before hosting Cagliari, three days after sweeping Sampdoria aside 4-0 in the Italian Cup, and well-oiled Napoli are only three points further behind.
Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal is set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering a grade two injury to his right biceps femoris. The Champions League winners have failed to set a deadline on his recovery but reports in Spain suggest that he could be out of action for between three to four weeks. The 25-year-old defender has been a key player in Real Madrid's impressive start to the 2016-2017 season, functioning as the first-choice right-back for Zinedine Zidane ahead of Danilo. The French boss surprised everyone after leaving him out of the squad for the first-leg of their quarter-final with Celta Vigo on Wednesday night (17 January). Initial reports suggested that Carvajal had only been