Inter Milan wingback Juan Cuadrado could return to fitness in time for Tuesday evening’s Champions League match against Benfica.
This according to today’s print edition of Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport, via FCInterNews.
Former Juventus, Chelsea, and Fiorentina wingback Cuadrado is one of four Inter players currently out with an injury.
The Colombian missed yesterday evening’s Serie A match away to Salernitana. Striker Stefano Sensi and midfielders Stefano Sensi and Davide Frattesi were also out of that match.
Cuadrado has in fact yet to make an appearance for Inter after the September international break.
Heading into that international break, the 35-year-old had appeared in every one of Inter’s matches. He has yet to start for the Nerazzurri, but has made three substitute appearances.
Cuadrado even grabbed an assist for Inter captain Lautaro Martinez.
But during the international break, Cuadrado suffered from some muscle problems. These were found to be tendinitis.
The issue may not be overly serious, but has nevertheless prevented the veteran wingback from getting back on the pitch. The aim has been to avoid taking any risks with his fitness.
Inter Wingback Cuadrado Could Be Fit For Benfica Clash
But according to Tuttosport, a return to the pitch is very close on the horizon for Cuadrado.
The Colombian is doing his last round of preparatory training today. A decision on his availability to face Benfica will follow.
If Cuadrado proves to have shaken off the tendinitis issue, then he should be in the squad for Inter’s second group stage match of this season’s Champions League.
The former Bianconeri man could give Simone Inzaghi a different option at right-wingback.
Denzel Dumfries has been the main starter in that position to start the season.
However, Matteo Darmian started against Empoli last weekend, with Cuadrado not available as Dumfries got to take a breather.