Stefan de Vrij suffered an adductor strain in the first half of this evening’s Serie A match between Napoli and Inter Milan.

This according to Italian news outlet FCInterNews, who report that the early assessments indicate a strain to the adductor muscles in the Dutchman’s left leg, which caused him to have to come off.

De Vrij started in the centre of defense for Inter in this evening’s Serie A match away to Napoli.

There was never any doubt that the 31-year-old would be in the starting eleven for the clash.

Injuries to the likes of Benjamin Pavard and Alessandro Bastoni mean that Inter are experiencing something of an injury crisis at the back.

Therefore, de Vrij started and Matteo Darmian and Francesco Acerbi played either side of him.

Naturally, an injury to one of the starting back three was the last thing Inter coach Simone Inzaghi wanted.

But during the first half, that’s exactly what happened.

Just after the fifteen-minute mark, de Vrij went down feeling his thigh. It was quickly apparent that the former Lazio defender had suffered an injury.

De Vrij signalled to the bench that he would have to come off.

In the eighteenth minute, Carlos Augusto came on to replace de Vrij.

Stefan De Vrij Suffers Adductor Strain In Napoli Vs Inter Clash

Naturally, the big question will be how long de Vrij will be out for.

Bastoni should be back in time for next weekend’s match against Udinese.

And Pavard will also be back on the horizon, potentially before Christmas.

Therefore, there will be some more cover in defense soon for Inter.

But even so, the absence of de Vrij would certainly only deepen the Nerazzurri’s injury crisis.

Naturally, some time will be needed before the extended of de Vrij’s injury becomes clear.

The Dutchman did not undergo the medical tests right away. Those could arrive tomorrow morning, and will shed further light on the nature of de Vrij’s injury.

But the initial assessments by the Inter medical staff were clear.

De Vrij has suffered a strain in the adductor muscles of his left leg.