Inter Milan midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is optimistic about being fit to start against Man City in the Champions League final.

This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews, who also report that defender Milan Skriniar should be ready to make a substitute appearance in the last 15-20 minutes of the match similar to how he did against Porto.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan Aiming To Start Vs Man City

Midfielder Mkhitaryan returns to full training today.

The Armenian former Roma, Arsenal, and Manchester United man has been recovering from a thigh injury over the past few weeks. He picked up the injury against AC Milan in the semifinal second leg.

Mkhitaryan’s injury has been enough to cause him to miss the final three league matches of the season, as well as the Coppa Italia final.

However, the Gazzetta notes, the 34-year-old has not been entirely on the shelf during that time.

Mkhitaryan has been working individually in training for some time now. There was never any chance of his being risked before the Champions League final.

However, returning against Man City has always been Mkhitaryan’s goal.

Now, over the next few days, the Armenian will aim to get straight back up to speed so he’s ready for the final.

According to the Gazzetta, there is every chance of that happening.

Mkhitaryan has been a key player for Inter since joining from Roma last summer. He has made a total of 48 appearances across all competitions for the Nerazzurri so far.

Milan Skriniar Ready For Substitute Appearance In UCL Final

The Gazzetta also report that defender Milan Skriniar will be ready for a second half substitute appearance in the final.

The Slovakian was an unused substitute against Torino in Inter’s last Serie A match of the season.

There is no chance of Skriniar starting against City. However, he could come on as a substitute with around 15-20 minutes to go.

This would be similar to how the 28-year-old came on late to see out a lead against Porto in the quarterfinals.