South American Inter Milan trio Lautaro Martinez, Alexis Sanchez, and Carlos Augusto will be back from international duty just one day before the Nerazzurri make their return to Serie A action against Torino.
This according to today’s print edition of Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport, via FCInterNews.
Each international break, the late returns of certain players are a problem for Inter.
That is certainly not just the case for the Nerazzurri. Every team, particularly top sides with a higher concentration of international players, have to deal with this issue several times per season.
But for Inter, there are a couple factors that have made the problem particularly nettlesome.
One has been the scheduling of the kickoff for their first match back from the break.
This time around, Inter play on the Saturday immediately following the break. They do so in the 18.00 CET slot.
The fact that this is the fourth time in a row in which Inter have played in that kickoff time has not exactly helped them, compared to if they had played on the Sunday or Monday.
And then there is the fact that Inter have some key players who tend to return late, from South America.
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Players in action with South American national teams always tend to return very late from the international break.
The scheduling of CONMEBOL fixtures combined with the travel time to return means that teams in Europe usually get their South American stars back with a bit of jet lag and minimal time to prepare for the first match back.
Last international break, that was the case with three Inter players. Martinez and Sanchez both came back from international duty with Argentina and Chile respectively.
And Juan Cuadrado was back from his time with the Colombian national team.
This time around Cuadrado will stay behind in training.
Colombia have agreed not to call the former Juventus man up due to some fitness issues.
But on the other hand, Carlos Augusto has earned his first call-up for the Brazilian national team.
This means that there will once again be three Inter players away with South American national teams.
And the late returns along with the Saturday kickoff for their return to action means that they won’t have a great deal of time to prepare for the match against Torino.