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Juventus’ Higuain has “perfect” surgery on broken left hand

November 27, 2017

Juventus' Gonzalo Higuain and Barcelona's Nelson Semedo, right, jump for the ball during the Champions League group D soccer match between Juventus and Barcelona, at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

TURIN, Italy (AP) — Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain has undergone surgery on a broken left hand and will likely miss the highly anticipated Serie A match at Napoli on Friday.

Juventus says the operation on Monday was carried out “perfectly.”

Six-time defending champion Juventus trails league leader Napoli by four points.

With his hand wrapped up, Higuain remained on the bench during Juve’s 3-0 win over Crotone on Sunday.

The Argentina international has eight goals in 13 Serie A matches for Juventus this season.

Without him, Mario Mandzukic will likely become the focal point of Juve’s attack.

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