Inter have been handed a boost after defender Danilo D’Ambrosio stepped up his recovery from injury to return to group training sessions.

The 32-year-old has been sidelined since suffering a strained knee in Inter’s 2-1 defeat to Sampdoria at the start of January, as he was forced off following a collision with Mehdi Leris.

As reported earlier today on Italian television station Sky Sport Italia, D’Ambrosio made his return to training with the rest of the squad after his layoff and was able to participate in the full session.

The full-back joined the group as they did post-match training following yesterday’s 4-0 Serie A victory over Benevento, and coach Antonio Conte expects to be able to rely on D’Ambrosio over the coming weeks.

However, he is still short of full fitness and is not expected to feature in Inter’s Coppa Italia Semi-Final match against Juventus on Tuesday.

Since joining Inter from Torino in January 2014, Italian international D’Ambrosio has made 221 appearances for the Nerazzurri, scoring 19 goals.