Goalkeeper Yann Sommer is hoping to recover from an ankle injury in time for Inter Milan’s Serie A match against Empoli.

This according to today’s print edition of Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport, via FCInterNews. The newspaper also anticipate that Stefan de Vrij will aim to return against Empoli.

Inter are facing the prospect of something of an injury crisis in their backline.

Firstly, there is the situation of defender Francesco Acerbi. The Italian international is not injured, but rather faces the prospect of missing the rest of the season through suspension if he’s found guilty of racial abuse.

And two players who have been stalwarts at the back for Inter this season have further picked up injuries during the international break.

One is goalkeeper Sommer. The 35-year-old former Bayern Munich keeper picked up his injury during a friendly between Switzerland and Denmark.

Medical tests yesterday confirmed that Sommer had suffered a sprain to his ankle.

Meanwhile, defender de Vrij initially went to be with the Netherlands national team for the break.

However, the 32-year-old returned to Milan early. This came after he had suffered a thigh strain, as medical tests today confirmed.

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According to the Corriere, the injury to Sommer is relatively minor.

Therefore, the recovery period for the Swiss will not be very long.

So much so, in fact, that Sommer could even return to fitness in time for Inter’s first match back from the international break.

That will be against Empoli next Monday.

Meanwhile, the Corriere reports, there would be no chance of seeing defender de Vrij in the squad for that match.

The Dutchman’s recovery will take a little longer.

But de Vrij will not be out for too long of a period.

The Corriere report that the former Lazio and Feyenoord defender is aiming to be back for Inter’s match away to Udinese the following weekend.