Inter Milan will have to be without defender Benjamin Pavard for at least a month and a half as he recovers from a knee injury.
This according to Italian news outlet La Repubblica, 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 Saturday’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 Out For At Least A Month & A Half
Inter have confirmed that Pavard will need to wear a knee brace for around three or four weeks.
This will mean that the 27-year-old will not be able to get on the training pitch during that time.
However, there is still some doubt about exactly what that will mean for when Pavard will actually be able to make his return to the pitch.
Inter have a couple more matches before the November international break.
Then, after the break there are massive Serie A matches against the likes of Juventus and Napoli.
According to La Repubblica, Pavard will need a few weeks after getting back on the training pitch before he can play again.
Therefore, it should be, at the absolute minimum, a month and a half before the Frenchman is back.
Pavard could aim to return sometime before Christmas.
However, there is no certainty that this will actually be the case for the defender.