Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio reveals that Juan Cuadrado will undergo surgery, leaving the door open for a new arrival in January.
The 35-year-old has been dealing with a recurring Achilles tendon inflammation since September.
The former Juventus wingback has already made his return from injury on two separate occasions, only to suffer a relapse.
The Colombian made his first start of the season in Wednesday’s Champions League encounter against Real Sociedad. But he now appears set for another stint on the sidelines.
Earlier reports have suggested that surgical intervention has become an inevitable solution to overcome this issue.
This evening, Ausilio confirmed as much while attending the De Agazio Award ceremony.
The Nerazzurri official revealed that the player has been trying to grit his teeth to help the team, but will eventually have to go under the knife.
“Cuadrado will have to undergo surgery,” said the Inter sporting director via Gianlucadimarzio.com.
“He has tried to overcome this condition in the past months. However, this problem has not allowed him to express his best qualities.
“After the last medical consultation, it was now been decided. He will undergo surgery next week.”
Inter Milan Sporting Director Piero Ausilio Confirms Juan Cuadrado Will Undergo Surgery Next Week
With Cuadrado unavailable, Ausilio admits that Inter could resort to the market to bolster their ranks in January.
“I will talk to both the coach and Marotta after the match against Lazio we will also focus on how to intervene in the market.
“If there hadn’t been this problem with Cuadrado, we wouldn’t have resorted to the market. Changing a winning squad could cause damage.
“We have a strong and complete team in all departments. We are demonstrating it in the league and the Champions League, We qualified to the next round with two matches in hand.
“This allowed us to play the last two games with serenity, managing to prepare the league matches in the best possible way at the same time.”
Finally, Ausilio ruled out attacking reinforcement in January. Instead, he believes Henrikh Mkhitaryan would be able to act as an emergency second striker.
“We have four important strikers and we are happy with how they are performing.
“Let’s not forget that we have a very strong striker in our squad who has been used as a midfielder in recent years. I’m talking about Mkhitaryan. If we ever needed a fifth attacker, he can help.”