It is reportedly a race against time for Inter Milan midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan to be fit for the Champions League final vs Man City.
This according to Italian news outlet Gazzetta.it, who report that the Armenian former Arsenal and Man United man will likely only complete a full training session ahead of the final on Thursday, and so it is not certain whether or not he will be able to play from the start.
There is no real doubt that Mkhitaryan will be in Inter’s squad for Saturday’s final in Istanbul.
The 34-year-old has fully recovered from his thigh injury to make a return to high-intensity individual training. This has been the case for a few days.
However, this morning the Gazzetta reports that in all likelihood Mkhitaryan will only complete part of a session with his teammates.
Then, in the final group session in Italy before the team leave for Turkey on Thursday, the former Roma and Borussia Dortmund midfielder will take part.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan Running Out Of Time To Be Fit To Start Vs Man City
Reportedly, if Mkhitaryan is fit enough to start, he will do so. The Armenian is a key part of this Inter team.
Nerazzurri coach Simone Inzaghi sees Mkhitaryan as tactically key to balancing the midfield in big matches.
Accordingly, the coach would like to have the player fit against City.
However, the Gazzetta note, there are only a few days to go. The timeline is certainly tight for Mkhitaryan get fully match-fit.
Given the projected return to full training, Mkhitaryan’s condition for the final is uncertain.
The key Nerazzurri man could be ready for the bench but unable to start against City.
This season, Mkhitaryan has made a total of 48 appearances for Inter across all competitions. In the process, he has scored five goals.