Simone Inzaghi has told Inter Milan that there is no need to sign a replacement for striker Marko Arnautovic despite the Austrian’s injury.
This according to the Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews, who report that the coach will make do with the players he has available.
There were few negative aspects to this afternoon for Inter.
The Nerazzurri made it five wins from five in Serie A, recording maximum points in a tricky away match.
But one thing that did mar the match towards the end was the sight of striker Arnautovic coming off with an injury.
The Austrian former West Ham United, Stoke City, and Bologna man had only come on during the second half. He replaced captain Lautaro Martinez just after the seventieth minute.
But Arnautovic was only on the pitch for under twenty minutes before suffering an injury.
The problem occurred when the 34-year-old seem to overextend his left leg a bit whilst challenging for the ball.
Arnautovic immediately showed a grimace of pain and began holding on to his left thigh. The striker immediately exited the pitch, where the Inter team doctor had a look at him.
Simone Inzaghi Doesn’t Want To Sign Emergency Replacement For Injured Marko Arnautovic
The question now is firstly when Arnautovic will be able to recover.
Early signs point to a matter of weeks or even months before the 34-year-old will be back.
And beyond that, there is also the matter of coping in the striker’s absence. That is particularly the case considering that he could be out for a while.
There have been some suggestions of Inter moving for a player who’s available on a free transfer in order to bridge the gap.
Even former Atalanta and Sevilla forward Papu Gomez is a name that has come up. Inter have gone after the Argentine in the past, and he could be a solution.
But Gomez has a very different profile that that of Arnautovic.
And according to the Gazzetta, Inzaghi is in any event insistent that he can make do with the players he has available.
This could also mean using players like Davy Klaassen and Henrikh Mkhitaryan as second strikers or attacking midfielders.