Inter Milan striker Marcus Thuram is reportedly in line to start against Bologna which would serve as an important test ahead of the big clash against Atletico Madrid.

The 26-year-old sustained an injury while attempting a shot during the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16.

The Frenchman thus missed his side’s two Serie A fixtures against Lecce and Atalanta.

Luckily for the Nerazzurri, the 26-year-old made his return on Monday against Genoa. He entered the pitch in the second half and appeared to be in great physical shape.

So according to Il Corriere dello Sport via FcInterNews, Inter coach Simone Inzaghi will unleash Thuram from the get-go against Bologna on Saturday.

As the source explains, the manager would like to test the France international ahead of the second leg in Madrid.

With the big European tie coming up on Tuesday, the match against Bologna represents the last pit-stop.

Moreover, the Roman newspaper describes the Emilians as a tough opponent that will serve as a genuine test.

Thiago Motta’s men currently sit fourth in the Serie A table as they have been enjoying a purple patch.

Inter Milan Striker Marcus Thuram To Test Himself Vs Bologna Prior To Atletico Madrid Clash

The source also notes Thuram’s tactical importance for Inzaghi’s scheme against Atletico.

After winning the first leg by a single goal, the Italians will likely play on counterattacks while the Spaniards take the initiative.

And as CdS explains, Thuram can thrive in this sort of match.

The French striker has thus far contributed with 12 goals and 11 assists across all competitions in his first campaign with the Nerazzurri.

The 2022 FIFA World Cup finalist immediately formed a great striking partnership with Lautaro Martinez upon his arrival.