Defender Francesco Acerbi will miss this weekend’s Serie A clash between Inter Milan and Salernitana due to a muscle injury.

The Nerazzurri confirm that the 35-year-old suffered a “slight muscle strain” in Saturday’s Serie A match against Roma.

Acerbi had started Saturday’s match against Roma.

The former Lazio defender took up his usual position in the centre of Inter’s back three.

But Acerbi was unable to see out the full ninety minutes.

Just after the hour mark, the 35-year-old went down off the ball holding his calf in evident discomfort.

Acerbi made clear to the bench that he would need to come off as a substitute immediately.

Therefore, the Italian international played no further part in the match, a 4-2 win for Inter in the end.

Another ex-Lazio defender replaced Acerbi, in the form of Dutch international Stefan de Vrij. The 32-year-old saw out the last half hour of the match at the Stadio Olimpico.

Francesco Acerbi To Miss Inter Vs Salernitana Clash

Inter confirm that Acerbi underwent tests today with the club’s medical staff.

These tests showed that the Italian international has suffered a “slight muscle strain” in his left leg.

This should be enough to see the former Lazio and Sassuolo defender out of action for Inter’s next match. That will come on Friday of this week, as the Nerazzurri host Salernitana in Serie A.

The question then will be whether Acerbi can recover in time for next week’s match against Atletico Madrid.

The Nerazzurri host the Colchoneros in the first leg of a Champions League round of sixteen tie.

Given that Acerbi went down holding his calf on Saturday, the same muscle that had caused him to miss around a month at the start of this season, a return in the space of week would be in doubt.

But on the other hand, the club characterize the defender’s injury as only a “slight strain.”