Serie A - Maggio undergoes emergency surgery

Napoli full-back Christian Maggio is reportedly recovering in hospital after undergoing emergency surgery on a pneumothorax.

Serie A - Christian Maggio: 'My lung was gone'

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BERGAMO, ITALY - FEBRUARY 02: SSC Napoli manager Rafael Benitez issues instructions to his player Christian Maggio during the Serie A match between Atalanta BC and SSC Napoli at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia on February 2, 2014 in Bergamo, Italy. (Photo

The Italy international travelled out with his Vesuviani teammates for yesterday evening’s Europa League last-16 clash with Porto, but was a late withdrawal after sustaining a knock in the team’s final pre-match training session.

Reports this morning are that upon returning to Naples with the rest of the team, the 32-year-old was hospitalised and required surgery on a pneumothorax.

Described as a build up or air or gas between the lung and the chest wall, which can affect breathing, it is understood that the player suffered this as a result of that knock picked up in training yesterday.

It is understood that Maggio required the insertion of a chest tube to treat the issue and that he is now stable and the issue is ‘under control’. The player will remain under observation for 24 hours before being allowed to return home.

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