Inter Milan defender Benjamin Pavard has suffered a sprain to his left knee during yesterday’s Serie A win over Atalanta.

This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews.

Everyone around the world of Inter will have held their breath when defender Pavard went down holding his knee during the first half of yesterday’s Serie A match at the Gewiss Arena.

The potential for the Frenchman to be out for a lengthy spell was certainly clear to all in the stadium.

Initially things did not look good at all. Pavard’s cries of pain indicated a potentially serious issue.

Then, things calmed down a bit. The Frenchman seemed in much better spirits after the Nerazzurri medical team looked at him.

And Pavard even ran onto the pitch to celebrate Inter’s opening goal.

This even in spite of the fact that the defender was wearing a knee brace on the bench.

So the signs were mixed. But there would still be plenty of reason to worry, and the certainty that Pavard will be on the sidelines for at least a little while.

Inter Defender Benjamin Pavard Suffers Knee Sprain In Serie A Clash Vs Atalanta

The big question on everyone’s mind will have been what the nature of Pavard’s knee problem was.

Had the former Bayern Munich defender suffered a rupture or tear to a ligament in his knee, that could be a very serious issue indeed.

On the other hand, if the problem was nothing more than a contusion or other contact injury following the collision with Atalanta forward Ademola Lookman, the prognosis could be better.

Inter coach Simone Inzaghi indicated after the match that the defender’s kneecap had popped out of place during the collision.

And according to the Corriere della Sera, the problem is likely a sprain to Pavard’s left knee.

Further medical tests will be necessary to determine the exact prognosis and recovery timeline.

But according to the Corriere della Sera, there’s one optimistic sign. Pavard did come out of the dressing room after the match to speak with Inter fans.

And the Frenchman did not appear to be having any trouble walking in his knee brace.