A rift looks to have formed between Inter and midfielder Marcelo Brozovic during the current season, and there are two main reasons behind it.

This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews, who report that the management of the 30-year-old’s injury both in terms of the timing of his returns and his choice of a personal physiotherapist have irked the club significantly.

After having looked virtually “untouchable” within Inter’s squad following his contract extension signed last spring, Brozovic now looks to be a major candidate for a sale just twelve months on, having lost his guaranteed starting status in the team.

A lot of this has had to do with injuries, with the Croat having missed a number of matches with a thigh injury prior to the World Cup, and then a calf problem immediately afterwards.

The timing of these injuries did not go unnoticed by the Nerazzurri, the Gazzetta reports, considering the player picked up the first injury on international duty in September and then was only able to make a cameo return in November.

Then, having played his way to fitness at club level, Brozovic went on to be a constant presence in Croatia’s midfield at the World Cup, where the 2018 finalists made another deep run in the competition.

The Nerazzurri man showed his quality as well as durability as Croatia reached the semifinals of the competition, going the distance or close to it in two knockout matches that went to extra time against Japan and Brazil.

Upon his return from the World Cup, Brozovic immediately picked up another injury, this time to his calf.

The 30-year-old missed several matches with the problem, and from the club’s perspective there has been irritation with the sense that Brozovic had saved his best form and fitness for his national team, particularly considering even after recovering he hasn’t quite looked at his best.

The second major reason for Inter’s frustration with Brozovic this season noted by the Gazzetta concerns the player’s choice of a personal physiotherapist.

The 30-year-old has been working with Serbian physiotherapist Andreja Milutinovic, which has particularly annoyed the Nerazzurri due to Milutinovic’s association with AC Milan.

These have not been the only two factors which have led to the Nerazzurri being irked with Brozovic this season, note the Gazzetta.

Brozovic had been one of the main culprits in a phase of constant negative body language and complaining on the pitch during the early part of the season, something which was noticed by the club.

Moreover, there were incidents in training which saw the 30-year-old fined for disciplinary reasons and attitude problems which emerged.

However, according to the Gazzetta, it has been the club’s concerns regarding Brozovic’s management of injuries and fitness which has principally led to a widening rift between he and the Nerazzurri.