Inter Milan coach Simone Inzaghi is left with limited choices at the back with Benjamin Pavard and Alessandro Bastoni ruled out against Juventus.
The Nerazzurri travel to Turin this weekend to take on their main Scudetto rivals. Only two points separate the two Italian giants in the Serie A standings.
Nevertheless, Inzaghi will have to do with a shortage of options in defense.
According to Sky Sport Italia via FcInter1908, Bastoni will join Pavard on the sidelines.
The Frenchman sustained an injury earlier this month which will rule him out of action for several weeks.
For his part, the Italian returned early from international duty after suffering a knock with the Italian national camp.
The 24-year-old will undergo further medical tests tomorrow to reveal the extent of his injury.
Nevertheless, the source expects him to miss out on the Derby d’Italia.
Therefore, Inzaghi’s defense almost picks itself. The report believes Francesco Acerbi will move to the left side of the back-three while Stefan de Vrij operates at the heart of the defense.
Matteo Darmian is the natural replacement for Pavard on the right. Young German defender Yann Bisseck will be the lone backup from the senior squad.
Inter Milan Have Limited Choices At The Back Vs Juventus With Alessandro Bastoni & Benjamin Pavard Injured
However, the report also proposes an alternative plan, suggesting that either Federico Dimarco or Carlos Augusto could join the backline.
The two players mainly operate as left wingbacks, but as the source notes, both have experience playing in a deeper role.
Nevertheless, De Vrij starting in between Darmian and Acerbi remains the more plausible theory.