Kostas Manolas hugged by Luciano Spalletti following Gonzalo Higuain clash.

Kostas Manolas hugged by Luciano Spalletti following Gonzalo Higuain clash

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Gonzalo Higuain has now served his three-match suspension following his meltdown against Udinese at the start of the month and returned to action during Monday afternoon’s Serie A clash against AS Roma.

However, it didn’t take long for the Argentine striker to find himself embroiled in yet more controversy.

Higuain caught Kostas Manolas with a stray arm and the Roma defender was forced off the pitch because he couldn’t see properly out of one eye.


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Manolas was subbed off for Ervin Zukanović, and Luciano Spalletti - Roma’s manager - appeared to be confused as to why the Greek centre-back was unable to play on following the innocuous-looking coming together.

However, after speaking with Manolas on the touchline, Spalletti realised why Manolas felt he was unable to play on and gave him a big hug. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).

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Video: Higuain catches Manolas

Video: Manolas's reaction

Video: Spalletti hugs Manolas

Napoli must win to prevent Juventus winning Serie A

Higuain did not receive a yellow card for catching Manolas - much to his relief - but was unable to score before the half-time interval.

If Napoli fail to beat Roma, Juventus will be crowned champions of Serie A for the firth successive season.

The Old Lady went 12 points clear at the top of the league on Sunday, courtesy of a 2-1 victory over Fiorentina.

Alvaro Morata scored what proved to be the winning goal in the 83rd minute, while Gianluigi Buffon pulled off a superb penalty save during the final minutes of the match.

Higuain will finish as Serie A's top scorer

Higuain, though, will finish the season as Serie A’s top goalscorer.

The former Real Madrid star has scored a magnificent 30 league goals this season - 14 more than Juventus forward Paulo Dybala, who occupies second place on the list.

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