Benitez names Higuain in Cup final squad

AFP| Updated: May 01, 2014, 20:12 PM IST

Rome: Napoli coach Rafael Benitez has given fans some welcome news ahead of Saturday`s Cup final against Fiorentina by calling Argentinian striker Gonzalo Higuain into his matchday squad.

Higuain has been an injury doubt for Napoli ahead of the Cup final in Rome since injuring his calf in last week`s scoreless draw away to Inter.

However the Argentinian has been in recovery mode this week and was named in Napoli`s matchday squad revealed by the club`s website on Thursday.

Napoli beat Juventus 2-0 to claim their fourth and last Cup in 2012 and go into Saturday`s final as slight favourites over a Fiorentina side whose seventh and last triumph came in 2001.

Fiorentina received some welcome news on Wednesday when striker Giuseppe Rossi was given the medical all-clear to be selected for Vincenzo Montella`s squad having recovered from a latest knee injury.

However Montella has injury doubts over German striker Mario Gomez, who is also recovering from a slight knock to his knee, as well as number one goalkeeper Neto, who has suffered a finger injury.

Forwards Borja Valero (knee) and Gonzalo Rodriguez (tonsilitis) are also in a race against time to be fit for Saturday when 28,000 Fiorentina fans are set to descend on the Olympic Stadium.