Marko Arnautovic is on the road to recovery and has returned to training after a period of absence due to a significant thigh strain. The 34-year-old former West Ham United striker sustained the injury during a Serie A victory over Empoli in September. He came on as a substitute but had to be withdrawn after around ten minutes due to the thigh problem.
According to initial assessments of the injury Arnautovic could have been out for approximately two months, effectively ruling him out for the entirety of October. However, there was hope for his return sometime in November, with the target of coming after the November international break. The Nerazzurri are waiting for his return as Inzaghi is struggling to rotate his strikers. Alexis Sanchez is not ready to start in crucial games, while Lautaro and Thuram are playing relentlessly.
Arnautovic back in training and could feature against RB Salzburg
The key fixture that both Inter Milan and Arnautovic had been eyeing for his return was the Derby d’Italia against Juventus later this month. Now after several weeks of recovery, the outlook became increasingly optimistic. Arnautovic has been aiming for a comeback before the international break. He was gelling well with Lautaro and Thuram before his injury. He will hope to continue from where he left off and help Inter with his presence in the box.
Inter Milan has two matches before the players head off for their respective national teams. A Champions League clash against Salzburg and a Serie A encounter against Frosinone. Arnautovic, is making a full return to training, is likely to be a part of the squad for the upcoming matches. Whether he will start games remains a question, but he will take his place on the bench for these fixtures. Arnautovic’s return is now inevitable as Inter continues to navigate its competitive schedule.