Inter Milan coach Simone Inzaghi has given updates on the fitness of Alessandro Bastoni, Denzel Dumfries, and Stefan de Vrij.
The Nerazzurri coach spoke in a press conference after this evening’s Serie A win over Napoli, as reported by FCInterNews.
There were not many negatives from this evening’s match at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona for Inter.
However, the mounting injury crisis was one thing that will trouble Inzaghi.
Alessandro Bastoni and Benjamin Pavard were already out. And then, just a quarter of an hour into this evening’s match, Inter also lost Stefan de Vrij.
This stretched the Nerazzurri’s back three thin, as Carlos Augusto was forced to deputize in defense.
In the end, Inter coped perfectly well.
The Nerazzurri kept yet another Serie A clean sheet. And they also found the back of the net three times at the other end of the pitch.
But the injuries are certainly a potential worry.
Particularly with Denzel Dumfries and Juan Cuadrado also having some fitness issues of their own, meaning that there could be pressure for Matteo Darmian to play at right-wingback.
Inter Coach Inzaghi On Bastoni, Dumfries & De Vrij Fitness
After the match, Inter coach Inzaghi said that “De Vrij had also played on Wednesday, and had played two matches with his national team as well.”
“We knew that he deserved a rest,” he said of the Dutchman. “But there was no opportunity for him to have one.”
“With Dumfries, there’s more optimism,” the coach continued.
“it’s not clear yet whether it was a case of a cramp, or a muscular problem,” he said of Dumfries. “Let’s hope it’s not the latter.”
“These kinds of things can happen unexpectedly when you play a lot,” Inzaghi noted.
“Next week we hope to get Bastoni back in training,” the Nerazzurri coach said. “I think we’ll be successful.”
“And the following week maybe Pavard as well,” Inzaghi noted. “Because he’s been coming along well in the last few days.”
“Now the hope is that we don’t lose anyone else to injury, Particularly because we already have an injury crisis in defense.”
And Inzaghi also gave his thoughts on the refereeing this evening, which led to some Napoli protests.
“I haven’t seen anything back yet,” the Inter coach said.
“I asked for the reason why there were protests on the first goal. And my team told me that they didn’t see anything wrong.”