Inter Milan coach Simone Inzaghi says that the prognosis for Lautaro Martinez is optimistic after an injury scare against Bologna.
The Nerazzurri coach spoke to SportMediaset, via FCInterNews, after the 2-1 Coppa Italia loss, also admitting that it’s very disappointing to crash out of the competition so early on.
Inter had an evening to forget as they crashed out of the Coppa Italia in their first match in the competition this season.
The Nerazzurri have won the trophy in each of the past two seasons. But this time around they will not be going any further than the round of sixteen.
And to make matters worse, Inter captain Martinez exited the pitch with a possible injury.
The Argentine was in visible discomfort as he held his groin area whilst coming off the pitch as a substitute during extra time of the match.
Furthermore, Martinez was in tears whilst on the bench. However, it wasn’t clear whether this was due to pain from an injury, or disappointment with missing a penalty during the second half.
Naturally, some more time will be necessary to properly asses Martinez’s injury.
But Inzaghi feels that the initial prognosis is “optimistic.”
Simone Inzaghi “Optimistic” Regarding Lautaro Martinez Fitness
Inzaghi said of Martinez’s condition that “It’s some muscle fatigue. It needs to be evaluated.”
“Let’s hope that it was nothing serious,” the coach continued.
“The medical staff were calm,” he said. “But it’s tough playing every 72 hours, so we’ll have to evaluate it.”
Inzaghi stressed, “Let’s look forward. We have to play again in two and a half days.”
The Inter coach also spoke positively about the performance of striker Marko Arnautovic, who started this evening’s match.
“I liked how he played,” Inzaghi said of the former Bologna striker against his old team.
“He did what needed to be done and what I asked of him.”
“He wasn’t lucky in front of goal, but he put in a performance that makes me feel comfortable,” the coach said.
“You expect a goal from a striker, but he did everything he had to do.”
And of the defeat, Inzaghi lamented, “We’re sorry. After two years we’re giving up the trophy.”
“We would have deserved to win based on the way we played. But that’s football.”
“We can blame it on the way the last fifteen minutes went,” Inzaghi said.
“But otherwise we played a great match in front of our fans.”
“Still, Bologna ended up winning. So we can’t say we’re happy.”