Inter coach Simone Inzaghi has revealed that he has turned to Roberto Gagliardini against Cremonese because of his reliability, whilst offered an update on Marcelo Brozovic.

The Nerazzurri are looking to bounce back from a defeat to Empoli last time out when they face Serie A’s bottom club at the Stadio Giovanni Zini today, with Gagliardini handed a starting berth in the absence of the injured Brozovic and the suspended Nicolo Barella.

In an interview with Italian television broadcaster DAZN before kick-off, and as reported by, Inzaghi suggested that Brozovic was not far off returning to full fitness, but he trusted Gagliardini to help Inter in his absence.

“Brozovic had a quite important problem with his calf after the World Cup. In the next few days he should return to the pitch to see how the course of the injury will proceed,” the former Lazio coach declared.

“Gagliardini, when he has been called upon, has always done his job, as a midfielder he is reliable.

“We have to look at match after match without looking at the absentees because with so many close games we will always have to do without someone important.”

Inzaghi also gave an update on striker Romelu Lukaku, who is named on the bench again after recent injury problems, and insisted that the Belgian would find his form in the coming weeks.

“He is still missing a little something, otherwise he would have already started a few games. But we are confident, he is working well, he has a lot of desire.

“He’s never stopped, he’s also been working on a few little problems, I think he can help us out in games,” Inzaghi concluded.

Inter have the opportunity to move into second place in the Serie A table with victory over Cremonese.