Inter Milan midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is targeting a return to fitness in the Champions League final against Man City.
This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews, who report that the 34-year-old does not intend to return in any of the matches before then.
Inter have confirmed that Mkhitaryan has suffered a quadriceps injury. The Armenian suffered a strain to the rectus femoris muscle in his left thigh during Tuesday’s win over AC Milan.
Now, the former Roma and Arsenal midfielder is set to spend the next couple of weeks on the recovery path.
According to the Gazzetta, the target is the Champions League final. Based on Mkhitaryan’s recovery timeline, no one expects him to be ready for any of the other four matches the Nerazzurri play before the end of the season.
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According to the Gazzetta, Mkhitaryan likely won’t return to full training until the Nerazzurri’s last league match of the season.
Inter face Serie A clashes with Napoli, Atalanta, and Torino before the campaign is done. These will be important matches in terms of securing a top four finish.
Meanwhile, there is also the Coppa Italia final against Fiorenina next week. This will be the first of two remaining opportunities for the Nerazzurri to win silverware.
Missing out on Mkhitaryan in these matches will be a blow for Inter.
The 34-year-old has been one of the key players in Inzaghi’s team so far this season. Mkhitaryan has made 48 appearances across all competitions so far this campaign. He has scored five goals in the process.
However, even if missing Mkhitaryan in the league and Coppa Italia is a blow, Inter’s aim is to have him back against City.
The Armenian intends to return to full training after the match against Torino. The prognosis looks good that he’ll be fit and ready for the final against City.