TROUBLE COMES UP
Milito and Cassano stop. Only Palacio and Rocchi remain for Stramaccioni.
Coutinho is also still out. As he is thinking ahead to Roma, the coach consoles himself with the recovery of Nagatomo and Obi (for the bench).
Appiano Gentile – Many are missing to the point that perhaps Andrea Stramaccioni is now an expert of dealing with emergency on the field. Defense, midfield, and now attack, he has seen it all.
Prince without risks The first problem is linked to Diego Milito who returned from Christmas holidays with a bruised knee. This is the problem that has discouraged Andrea Stramaccioni to use the player in Udine and the two matches after. The joint bothers him the most when changing direction. Although the injury has improved in recent days, it was decided that his return will not be rushed back in order to avoid potential muscle problems. “Diego is too important, I will only risk him when I know that he is at 100%,” said Stramaccioni on Tuesday night. Translated: very difficult to see him on the field Sunday at the Olympic stadium.
Fantantonio not serious, Coutinho still out The problem is that the other night bad luck got even worse, as confirmed by medical examinations Cassano underwent. It was no big surprise considering the last part of Inter-Bologna when Cassano’s leg was bandaged, leaving little room for hope: muscle strain to the left abductor, which isn’t a serious injury, but with very little hope of recovery by Sunday. To try and force a recovery (we’ll know more in the next few hours) could result in a more serious injury. We can consider that it will be very difficult for Coutinho to recover on time for Sunday (the Brazilian still feels fragile on the back of the thigh). So at the Olympico, Andrea Stramaccioni will have only Palacio and Rocchi and Livaja. The Croatian is involved in transfer negotiations but they can be revisited until the last days of January.
Chivu lives with pain The situation is better in defense and in the midfield. In the back, only player missing for Inter coach is Walter Samuel who is working to reduce pain in the Achilles tendon. After the game on Tuesday, Chivu will also be available. “I am working to resume condition which has already improved a lot compared to two-three weeks ago. About a month ago, I would have had another operation but I decided not to do it and to go as far as things allow me. However, I have to live with pain but my threshold is high enough,” said the Romanian.
Obi available at Olympico Unless surprises occur in the midfield, Andrea Stramaccioni will have on the wings Pereira (surgery yesterday to reduce the fracture in the nasal septum, will wear a protective mask just like Tuesday) and Nagatomo who had the OK to return working as Sunday approaches. Same goal for Gargano who was almost used on Tuesday but trained normally yesterday. Both Gargano and Obi should be in the list of 23 players available for Roma. There should be no problems for Mudingayi who left the game against Bologna battered and bruised. Cambiasso and Benassi are okay and ready to go.
Source: Gazzetta dello Sport