Defender Stefan de Vrij is almost certain to miss Inter Milan’s Serie A match against Empoli.

This according to today’s print edition of Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport, 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.

The Corriere anticipate that it could be a couple weeks before the 32-year-old is back on the pitch.

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According to the Corriere, Inter will have their own medical staff examine de Vrij very soon.

The Nerazzurri feel that the tests that de Vrij underwent with the Netherlands medical staff were to soon after he suffered the injury to really give a sense of his recovery timeline.

But now it has been a few days. De Vrij has had time to start recovering.

Therefore, Inter’s medical staff will examine the former Lazio and Feyenoord defender and see how he has responded over the past few days.

Therefore, there should be a clearer idea of what the recovery timeline looks like for de Vrij.

What seems fairly clear, however, according to the Corriere, is that de Vrij will not have a role to play in Inter’s first match back from the international break.

That will come against Empoli next Monday.

Inter will hardly rush de Vrij back to action for that match.

Therefore, the Dutchman would rather be targeting Inter’s next match, away to Udinese. This could give him enough time to make a proper recovery.