Inter Milan are not optimistic that striker Marko Arnautovic will be able to make a quick return to pitch after picking up a hamstring injury.

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

If there was one real blemish on the evening for Inter in yesterday’s match against Bologna, it concerned a couple of injuries to Nerazzurri players.

Firstly, there was a calf problem for wingback Carlos Augusto.

The Brazilian came off the pitch at halftime. This substitution was a precaution after he had felt some pain in his right calf.

And then, there was an injury to striker Arnautovic right at the end of the match.

The Austrian had come off the bench against his former team Bologna in the second half.

And in the last couple minutes, as Inter were protecting their 1-0 advantage, Arnautovic went down with an injury.

Initially, the Rossoblu players wanted to play on, feeling that the Inter striker was just running down the clock. But then, it quickly became clear that Arnautovic had felt something in his hamstring.

Inter Not Optimistic About Quick Return For Marko Arnautovic

According to the Gazzetta, both Augusto and Arnautovic will undergo medical tests tomorrow. These should shed more light on the severity of their injuries and timelines for prospective returns.

And in the case of Arnautovic in particular, there is little optimism regarding a quick recovery.

Arnautovic has already missed around a month and a half earlier in the season.

This came as a result of a hamstring injury as well.

And according to the Gazzetta, there is a real possibility of another lengthy period on the sidelines for the former West Ham United and Stoke City striker.

This could leave Inter without one of their four senior attacking options for a number of weeks.

And with a number of important matches on the way in the run-in of the season, that would hardly be a welcome sight for the Nerazzurri.