Inter Milan manager Simone Inzaghi is finalizing his preparations for the Monza encounter, with his only absentee being Francesco Acerbi.

The 35-year-old is yet to train with the group as he’s still dealing with a muscular injury, explains La Gazzetta dello Sport via FcInterNews.

The Italian defender was a stalwart at the back last season. The Nerazzurri have now signed him on a permanent basis from Lazio.

However, Inzaghi will have to contend the club’s Serie A opener against Monza without his tried-and-trusted centre-back.

The encounter takes place at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium on Saturday. The kickoff is at 20:45 CET.

With the Euro 2020 winner out of the equation, Stefan de Vrij should reclaim his post at the heart of the defense.

As for Inzaghi’s other choices, the source expects him to maintain last season’s midfielder trio.

Thus, Hakan Calhanoglu will operate in the Regista role, with Nicolò Barella and Henrikh Mkhitaryan by his side.

Francesco Acerbi Will Be The Only Absentee For Inter Milan In The Serie A Opener Vs Monza

Despite the arrival of Davide Frattesi, the report expects the Armenian to maintain a starting spot for the time being, even if he can already feel the newcomer breathing down his neck.

Moreover, Denzel Dumfries should ward off Juan Cuadrado to maintain a starting berth on the right flank.

Up front, Inter captain Lautaro Martinez will inaugurate his new partnership with Marcus Thuram.

With only three training sessions under his belt, Marko Arnautovic is unlikely to receive a considerable amount of playing time.