Inter defender Stefan de Vrij will undergo medical tests after having been forced to come off the pitch during the second half of this evening’s Serie A loss to Monza with an ankle injury.
This according to Italian news outlet FCInter1908, who report that the 31-year-old will have his condition evaluated over the next few hours after suffering a problem early on in the second period of this evening’s match at the San Siro.
De Vrij started for Inter this evening, even wearing the captain’s armband as the most experienced squad member in the starting eleven.
However, it was not an evening that went the way that the Dutchman will have hoped for, and not just because of the disappointment of an eleven Serie A loss of the season.
Just a few minutes after the restart, de Vrij challenged for the ball with Monza wingback Carlos Augusto, and it was immediately clear that he did not feel quite right after the challenge.
The 31-year-old attempted to play on for a couple of minutes, but it became obvious that he would be unable to do.
At the 51st minute mark, de Vrij came off as a substitute with Francesco Acerbi coming on to take his place in the centre of Inter’s back three.
What is clear is that the problem is with the former Lazio and Feyenoord defender’s ankle, but what needs to be ascertained is how serious the injury is, and how long he will be out whilst he recovers from it.
Inter coach Simone Inzaghi will be holding his breath, as the team’s schedule hardly gets any less demanding over the next few weeks and he will want to have his entire squad at his disposal during the period.
It has been reported that de Vrij is ready accept a two-year contract extension offer from the Nerazzurri, with his current deal set to run out at the end of June, but as of yet he has not put pen to paper on a new deal.