Atalanta will make a last-minute decision regarding the fitness of defender Giorgio Scalvini to face Inter Milan on Saturday.
This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews, who report that the 19-year-old’s availability to face the Nerazzurri will remain an open question right up until the match.
19-year-old Italian international Scalvini had to come off with an injury during Atalanta’s Serie A win over Empoli on Monday.
The reason for the substitution was some serious lumbar pain for the defender.
Scalvini’s fitness has therefore been assessed over the past couple days.
The big question has been whether or not the teenage defender would be able to return in time for Atalanta’s Serie A match with Inter over the coming weekend.
La Dea host the Nerazzurri on Saturday evening.
The match between Inter and Atalanta will be a big one in the context of both team’s seasons.
The Nerazzurri are currently top of the Serie A table. They’ll be aiming to consolidate their status as title favourites with a statement win over a top rival.
And La Dea, meanwhile, are currently in the Champions League places.
Gian Piero Gasperini’s team currently sit fourth in the Serie A table.
Therefore, Saturday’s match will perhaps be both team’s biggest prior to the November international break.
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Accordingly, both Gasperini and Inter coach Simone Inzaghi will want their key players available.
And despite only being nineteen years of age, Scalvini is very much a pillar of La Dea’s defense.
The Bergamo-based team will therefore be hoping to recover the defender for Saturday’s match.
But according to the Gazzetta, there is still no certainty about whether or not the defender can make it.
There are still assessments that the club’s medical staff will need to make.
Scalvini has yet to really make a recovery from the problem that he had been suffering from on Monday.
It should only be a couple of days at this stage for Scalvini.
But that timeline isn’t altogether optimistic. Atalanta will have to wait until the match to see whether or not Scalvini will be ready.