Antonio Conte is hoping Inter’s squad won’t be decimated by COVID-19 for the second time this season, according to an Italian media report today.

Early on in the season, Inter had nine players test positive for the virus and this caused a lot of disruption.

Now there are four positive cases – Danilo D’Ambrosio, Samir Handanovic, Stefan de Vrij and Matias Vecino – and Conte hopes to avoid having another mass outbreak, Gazzetta dello Sport’s print edition reports.

This week’s positive tests led to Milan’s local health authority ordering the suspension of football activities at Inter for four days, starting yesterday.

As a result, Inter’s match with Sassuolo has been postponed and the match could be re-scheduled for either April 7 or April 14.

The report from the Milan-based publication went on to add that in the event of further positive cases when the team are next tested, a further suspension of football activities is likely.

They also argued it was the correct decision to postpone tomorrow’s Serie A fixture against the Neroverdi, given that the risk of a huge COVID-19 breakout was too high given the rising cases and new contagious variants in Italy.