Inter Worried with Lautaro Martinez Fitness After Upset

Lautaro Martinez had to play more than anticipated in Wednesday’s Coppa Italia game versus Bologna and subbed off at the beginning of overtime due to an adductor problem. He was sporting some bandage while on the bench. He missed a penalty kick in the 65th minute. Inter were eventually eliminated due to a very late comeback by the Rossoblù.

The early indication is that the issue is minor, but it’ll be better assessed in the next couple of days. Coach Simone Inzaghi commented to SportMediaset.

“He has some muscle fatigue, but, since we have another tilt in 72 hours, he’ll have to be evaluated. We hope it’s nothing. The doctors were serene.”

Lautaro Martinez was forced to log heavy minutes because Alexis Sanchez was out midweek. The veteran will be back versus Lecce. El Toro hasn’t missed a match since April 2022, due to yellow-card accumulation. His last injury-related absence dates back to the opener of two seasons ago, on August 21st, 20211.

The recent dissatisfactory showings of Marko Arnautovic and Alexis Sanchez could tempt the Nerazzurri to seek a new striker in January, La Gazzetta dello Sport informs. It’s not their priority, and they’ll wait for the late-window discounts. Luis Muriel could emerge as an option since he has an expiring contract.

However, Atalanta won’t give him away. They asked Milan for €3.5M when they wanted Marco Sportiello last year, who eventually transferred on a Bosman signing. The Colombian’s price tag is roughly €5M, Tuttomercatoweb informs.

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