Inter Milan defender Stefan de Vrij will further undergo medical tests on a thigh injury at the start of next week.

This according to Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia, via FCInterNews.

De Vrij returned to Inter from the Netherlands training camp earlier this week.

The reason is that the former Lazio and Feyenoord defender had picked up a minor muscle injury during training with his national team.

The problem concerns de Vrij’s adductor muscle.

The problem is not overly serious. However, it should still take de Vrij a number of days to come back to fitness.

Inter take on Empoli on April 1st in their first match back from the international break.

And the Dutchman’s availability for that match is in major doubt.

This is particularly significant given the possible absence of defender Francesco Acerbi. The 36-year-old could be out for the rest of the season through suspension if he’s found guilty of racially abusing Napoli’s Juan Jesus.

Therefore, if de Vrij and Acerbi are both out, Inter coach Simone Inzaghi will need to find an alternative solution in the centre of defense.

Inter Defender Stefan De Vrij To Undergo Further Medical Tests Next Week

As Sky note, de Vrij has already undergone medical tests on his injury.

These were with the Netherlands national team. The tests revealed an adductor problem for the former Lazio and Feyenoord defender.

But those tests did not make clear the recovery timeline for de Vrij.

It is certain to be a few days, and probably a week or two on the sidelines for the Dutchman.

However, de Vrij will undergo further tests at the start of next week. This time with the Inter medical staff.

And these tests should shed more light on how long de Vrij will be out for.

It should soon be clear whether or not the 32-year-old has any hope of playing against Empoli.