Arturo Vidal has suffered a setback in his recovery from knee surgery, according to the Inter midfielder’s friend and former Chile teammate Mauricio Pinilla.
Vidal was operated on his left knee five weeks ago and had hoped to rejoin the Nerazzurri for Sunday’s big match in Serie A away at Napoli.
Antonio Conte will seemingly have to wait a little longer before the 33-year-old is available for selection again, though, following a slight complication during Vidal’s rehabilitation.
“Arturo has a small inflammation on the knee which was operated,” Pinilla, who played for Atalanta, Cagliari, Genoa and Palermo in Serie A, told ESPN Chile today (via FcInterNews.it).
“It’s a little setback in his recovery program which will keep him out for around two weeks.
“He had carried this injury for several months before being operated; this is what he’s like, he never gives up.
“Vidal needs to be 100% fit to get back into the starting XI though.
“He will be available for Conte in the final part of the season, the most important bit.
“Vidal will play the last five or six games for Inter.”
Vidal has not played for Inter since he started the Nerazzurri’s 1-0 win at home to Atalanta on March 8, being substituted shortly after half-time following another disappointing display.
He has made 30 appearances in all competitions since his move from Barcelona last summer, scoring twice and providing two assists.
A report in Italy today claimed Vidal was one of three Inter midfielders fighting for his future at the club between now and the end of the season.