Inter’s COVID-19 outbreak could actually be seen as a positive sign for the Nerazzurri, at least according to their former defender Michele Serena.

Danilo D’Ambrosio, Samir Handanovic, Stefan de Vrij and Matias Vecino all tested positive for the virus earlier this week – along with another unidentified member of the Nerazzurri’s ‘team group’ today – leading to the postponement of tomorrow’s Serie A fixture against Sassuolo.

Inter’s players have all been barred from joining up with their national teams as a result and there is no match now until April 3, when Antonio Conte’s side visit Bologna.

“I think that for the Scudetto Inter are above all others,” Serena, who played for Inter between 2000 and 2003, remarked in an interview with Italian news outlet TuttoMercatoWeb’s radio station TMW Radio.

“It could be a sign that this is Inter’s year because the Covid-19 outbreak has happened right on the eve of the international break.”

Inter are nine points clear of AC Milan at the top of Serie A with 11 games left, although the Rossoneri can close to within six points by beating Fiorentina on Sunday.

Juventus will also be able to take advantage of the Nerazzurri’s postponement this weekend by beating Benevento and moving to within seven points of the top of the table.