Inter Milan midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan missed the club’s friendly match against Al-Nassr as a precautionary measure.

On Thursday, the Nerazzurri played the first of two friendly encounters in the Japan pre-season tour.

Simone Inzaghi’s men met Cristiano Ronaldo and company in Osaka. The match ended in a 1-1 draw.

Abdulrahman Ghareeb broke the deadlock in favor of the Saudi Pro League club in the 23rd minute. Davide Frattesi scored the equalizer just before the halftime break.

The Serie A giants went for the winner in the second half but were somewhat wasteful in front of goal.

For his part, Mkhitaryan was nowhere to be seen. However, FcInterNews has some reassuring updates for Inter fans regarding the player’s condition.

As the source explains, the Armenian had some back pain due to overload following yesterday’s training session.

Inter Milan Decided To Rest Henrikh Mkhitaryan Against Al-Nassr For Precautionary Reasons

Therefore, the technical staff decided not to risk the 34-year-old. Inzaghi dropped him out of the matchday squad as a precautionary measure.

Hence, the former Man United and Arsenal midfielder should rejoin the squad for the next friendly test. This will be a meeting against Paris Saint-Germain in Tokyo on the 1st of August.

The vastly experienced player joined Inter last summer as a free agent after seeing out his contract with Roma.

In his first campaign at the Giuseppe Meazza, he proved to be a vital part of Inzaghi’s midfield jigsaw. His current contract runs for another season.