Inter Milan striker Marcus Thuram is “racing against time” to be fit for the second leg of the Nerazzurri’s Champions League round of sixteen tie against Atletico Madrid.

This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews.

Thuram picked up a thigh problem in yesterday’s match against Atletico.

The Frenchman started the match. But he was only able to play the first half.

Late in the half, Thuram felt pain in his thigh after making a sprint and taking a shot. And this pain proved to be significant enough that he did not return for the second half despite seeing out the first.

Thuram’s injury was confirmed to be a contracture to the adductor muscles in his right thigh.

Tests will be necessary to determine the exact nature and severity of the injury.

But what is clear is that Thuram will miss at least a couple of matches.

The 26-year-old will certainly be out for the rest of February. He will miss league matches against Lecce and Atalanta.

And there would be a lot of doubt about Thuram returning for Serie A fixtures early next month as well.

Marcus Thuram “Racing Against Time” To Be Fit For Second Leg Vs Atletico Madrid

Thuram’s injury is the type that usually takes around three weeks to recover from, the Gazzetta report.

Naturally, medical tests will reveal more about the precise nature of the injury.

And with it, the recovery timeline.

But it is not likely that Thuram will be back on the pitch much sooner than twenty days from now.

That means that the Frenchman’s recovery should roughly coincide with the second leg of the Champions League tie against Atletico.

But there is no guarantee that Thuram will actually be available. It could come right down to the wire.