Inter will not feel that striker Romelu Lukaku needs to be rushed back to fitness as long as Edin Dzeko is holding down the fort as well as he is in attack.

This is the view in today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Corriere della Sera, via FCInterNews, who argue that the Bosnian has given the Nerazzurri the luxury of time as far as Lukaku’s return to the pitch.

When Lukaku returned to Inter on loan from Chelsea, it was expected that this would bump Dzeko down to the Belgian’s backup.

The former Roma and Manchester City was expected to be a reliable and experienced deputy for the long and packed fixture list, but hardly someone who could play at the level of Lukaku.

Instead, the 36-year-old has been in outstanding form this season, arguably better than he had been in during his first campaign in a Nerazzurri shirt.

Dzeko put in a brilliant performance in the first half of yesterday evening’s Supercoppa Italiana win over AC Milan, and it was crucial to the team cruising the victory by a 3-0 scoreline.

This meant that Lukaku didn’t need to come on as a substitute, and the Corriere della Sera suggests, means that he will not be necessary until he is good and ready to come back.