Defender Stefan de Vrij could start for Inter Milan in their Serie A opener against Monza.

This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews, who report that Nerazzurri coach Simone Inzaghi’s selection decision in defense will be pending the fitness of Francesco Acerbi.

Inter are now just a few days away from beginning their Serie A campaign by taking on Monza at the San Siro.

Against the Brianzoli, Inzaghi is starting to have a clear idea of who he will rely on.

However, the coach’s decision is not yet entirely set in stone. He still has a couple of doubts on the starting eleven who will begin the Nerazzurri’s league season in earnest.

De Vrij To Start For Inter Vs Monza If Acerbi Unfit

In defense, Alessandro Bastoni and Matteo Darmian will start.

However, the question of whether the Nerazzurri play the same all-Italian back three as started the Champions League final against Manchester City will depend on the fitness of Acerbi.

The 35-year-old is still recovering from a calf problem.

The injury is a very minor one, and there is plenty of hope that Acerbi could be fit for Saturday’s match.

However, even if the former Lazio defender is in condition to make the squad, he may not be fully match-fit.

Therefore, there is every chance that Inzaghi will call on a different player who used to represent the Biancocelesti.

De Vrij could be the man at the heart of Inter’s defense against Monza.

Frattesi Not Likely To Get His First Star Vs Monza

Meanwhile, the Gazzetta report, midfielder Davide Frattesi will likely begin the match against the Brianzoli on the bench.

The newspaper anticipate that the 23-year-old Italian will grow into a first-choice role in the starting eleven. This is certainly what he was brought in for.

Already Frattesi is starting to stake his claim in preseason.

However, for the very first match of the season, Inzaghi will go for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the Gazzetta expects.

Frattesi will get his chance to shine from the start as the season wears on, but not quite yet.