According to the latest reports from Corriere dello Sport, the fitness tests performed last Monday in Lugano revealed that Mauro Icardi was in poorer physical condition than that of his teammates.

At this moment in time, the Rosario native is in no fit state to keep up with the high intensity training Antonio Conte has imposed on his squad, hence he has been sent home to train alone. Of course, he could have travelled to China and worked by himself but, as the decision has already been taken not to let him appear in friendlies, both parties decided it was better for him to return to Milan.

It is unlikely Antonio Conte will be shedding any tears as a consequence of this and will no doubt be relieved not to have a distraction such as Icardi’s presence there to act as a possible distraction for his players as they ramp up preparations for the new season.