Chelsea-owned striker Romelu Lukaku is set to start for Inter Milan in tomorrow evening’s Serie A match against Atalanta.
This according to today’s print edition of Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport, via FCInterNews, who also report that Kristjan Asllani has a chance of being given a start as well considering the Nerazzurri’s issues in terms of midfield depth at the moment.
Inter coach Simone Inzaghi will have to find the right balance between rotating his team but still putting out a strong side tomorrow.
Champions League qualification is still not a foregone conclusion, even with the points deduction for Juventus. The Nerazzurri need at least a point between their last two matches, against Atalanta and Torino, to mathematically guarantee a top four spot.
Romelu Lukaku Will Start For Inter Milan Vs Atalanta
In attack, Inzaghi has the luxury of being able to call upon Lukaku.
The Belgian did not start against Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia in midweek. He came off the bench in that match.
However, Lukaku will certainly be ready for tomorrow’s match. The 30-year-old has been in blistering form in the league, and is expected to lead the line tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Joaquin Correa is anticipated to start up front with Lukaku.
This is in keeping with the policy of rotation that Inzaghi has been using in recent weeks. Edin Dzeko and Lautaro Martinez have been starting in midweek fixtures, whilst Lukaku and Correa have played on the weekend.
Selection Headache In Midfield: Asllani Could Start
In midfield, Inzaghi has a bit more of a dilemma.
An injury to Henrikh Mkhitaryan means that the coach has something of a “short blanket” to work with centrally.
The Corriere predict that the same trio which started against Fiorentina will start tomorrow.
However, the newspaper don’t rule it out that youngster Asllani could start if Inzaghi feels that he can’t wear out the starters too much.
The Corriere’s complete predicted eleven is as follows:
Inter (3-5-2): Onana; D’Ambrosio, De Vrij, Acerbi; Dumfries, Barella, Brozovic, Calhanoglu, Gosens; Lukaku, Correa.