Inter could lose Bastoni for key Juve and Napoli clashes due to his injury. The defender suffered a muscle strain during training with the Italian national team. This dismisses the initial hopes that it was just muscular fatigue. The severity of the injury raises concerns not only about his availability for upcoming international fixtures against North Macedonia and Ukraine in the Euro 2024 qualifiers but also for significant club fixtures.
Luciano Spalletti, the Azzurri coach, has already replaced Bastoni with Roma defender Gianluca Mancini for the national team. However, the impact of Bastoni’s absence extends to an important Serie A match against Juventus. While there is no certainty that he won’t recover in time, the confirmation of a full-on muscle strain raises doubts about his availability for Derby d’Italia after the international break.
Inter could lose Bastoni for crucial Juve, Napoli, and Benfica games
The upcoming Derby d’Italia between Inter Milan and Juventus holds immense significance. It is one of the most eagerly anticipated matches in both teams’ seasons. This time, the stakes are higher as it will feature the top two teams in the Serie A table. Hence, could potentially influencing the title race. The chance to cement their place at the top, adds pressure on both sides to field their strongest teams.
Inter Milan coach Simone Inzaghi will closely monitor Bastoni’s fitness. He knows his pivotal role in determining the team’s strength for the crucial fixtures ahead. The injury to Bastoni is a worrying sign for Inter Milan as they prepare for important games in both Serie A and the Champions League. The Nerazzurri also have to face Benfica, however, that fixture will is not crucial. Inter have already qualified for the Round of 16, but would still like to win this to cement their position at the top of the table.