Inter Milan defender Stefan de Vrij will reportedly replace the injured Alessandro Bastoni in next weekend’s showdown against Juventus.
The Nerazzurri are currently leading the Serie A table, but will be facing their closest chasers at the Allianz Stadium on November 26th.
The Bianconeri are only a couple of points adrift from the league leaders. Therefore, a victory would see them usurp their rivals in the standings.
Sadly for Inter coach Simone Inzaghi, he will have to contend this major battle with a couple of major absentees at the back.
In addition to Benjamin Pavard’s injury, Alessandro Bastoni has sustained a knock while on international duty.
Yesterday’s reports confirmed that the 24-year-old will miss the clash against Juventus. The Italian could make his return against Napoli, but in the meantime, Inzaghi is suffering from a shortage of options at the back.
So according to La Gazzetta dello Sport via FcInter1908, the defense almost picks itself against Juventus.
De Vrij should return to the starting formation. Matteo Darmian will replace Pavard on the right, while Francesco Acerbi drifts to the left in Bastoni’s absence.
Inter Defender Stefan De Vrij Will Start Vs Juventus With Alessandro Bastoni Out Through Injury
As the source notes, the Netherlands international has been solid at the back since the start of the campaign.
While many expected him to leave in the summer following an underwhelming campaign, the management offered him a contract renewal.
Moreover, Yann Bisseck becomes the only natural alternative left at the back. The source believes the German defender could get the nod in the Champions League encounter against Benfica in Lisbon.
The Nerazzurri have already qualified for the Round of 16, but are still looking to snatch the top spot in the group at Real Sociedad’s expense.