Striker Marko Arnautovic will be out with injury for around two months for Inter Milan, meaning that he will likely miss ten matches.
This according to today’s print edition of Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport, via FCInterNews.
Arnautovic picked up a thigh injury during Sunday afternoon’s Serie A match against Empoli.
The Austrian came on during the second half of the match as a substitute. However, he did not even last twenty minutes, as he suffered a strain in his left thigh.
It was obvious from the way that Arnautovic pulled up in discomfort that something was wrong for the striker.
And medical tests today confirmed the exact nature of the problem. The former Bologna, West Ham United, and Stoke City striker had suffered a strain to the biceps femoris muscle in his left thigh.
Arnautovic suffered a “medium-grade” muscle strain.
Whilst the exact recovery timeline for the injury is uncertain, it should likely be around two months.
Marko Arnautovic Could Be Out For Two Months – Targeting Return Vs Juvenuts
Reportedly, the Serie A match against Juventus at the end of November is the targeted return date for Arnautovic.
That match comes right after the November international break.
Inter travel to Turin to face the Bianconeri on November 26.
Given the nature of Arnautovic’s injury, there is a good chance of the Austrian being fit for that match.
But a return prior to the November international break looks unlikely.
That means that Arnautovic could be absent for ten matches in total.
Inter play seven Serie A matches during the period. These include head-to-head matches against the likes of Roma and Atalanta as far as top sides in Serie A.
Then, there are three Champions League matches.
There’s certainly no doubt that Arnautovic will miss next week’s group stage match against Benfica.
And the 34-year-old will also in all probability be out for matches against Red Bull Salzburg, home and away.
Arnautovic will not have the chance to face the Austrian champions on his native soil.