Inter Milan coach Simone Inzaghi is hoping that striker Marcus Thuram is not out of action for too long.

The Nerazzurri coach updated on the Frenchman’s fitness in an interview after yesterday’s Champions League win over Atletico Madrid, via FCInterNews.

If there was a dark spot on Inter’s win over Atletico, it was the injury to Thuram.

The Frenchman started the match. But he only saw out the first half.

Thuram suffered a thigh problem towards the end of the first half. He was able to see out the last few minutes of the half, but did not start the second.

Striker Marko Arnautovic replaced Thuram for the second half.

The Austrian proved to be Inter’s match-winner.

However, there is no doubt that the absence of Thuram will be a big one for the Nerazzurri.

And there are plenty of important matches to come for Inter.

The Serie A fixture list will continue to pile up, as Inzaghi’s team push to finally win the title.

And then in three weeks’ time, Inter will face Atletico again, in the decisive second leg of their Champions league round of sixteen tie.

Inter Coach Simone Inzaghi Crossing His Fingers On Marcus Thuram Fitness

Inzaghi said that “Thuram felt something pull in his adductor.”

“Then he felt more pain, so we decided to take him off.”

“Let’s hope we don’t lose him for too long,” the Inter coach said of his striker.

Then the Nerazzurri coach also talked about Arnautovic.

“He came ion and did very well,” he said of the Austrian.

“I’m very happy with him, and also with Sanchez. They do very well in training, and then when I call upon them they do well.”

“I’m happy for Marko because he deserved his goal even earlier, because of how he played when he came on,” Inzaghi said.

“Ditto Alexis. He came on with the right spirit.”

Asked if he has any regrets about the failure to score more goals against Atletico, Inzaghi said “For what we created, probably, yeah.”

And the coach compared it to last season’s round of sixteen tie. “Last season Porto made it harder for us than Benfica or Milan on the way to the final,” he said.

“And that included in Milan.”

That tie against Porto, like this evening’s, saw Inter win by a 1-0 scoreline at the San Siro in the first leg.