Inter Milan without Radja Nainggolan and Matias Vecino as they prepare to host PSV in bid to pip Tottenham to Champions League knockout stages
- Inter Milan will be without key midfield duo for Tuesday’s visit of PSV Eindhoven
- Italians can reach the last 16 if they better Tottenham’s result against Barcelona
- Radja Nainggolan still battling ankle injury which forced him of Wembley defeat
Inter Milan midfielders Radja Nainggolan and Matias Vecino are both set to miss Tuesday’s vital Champions League match against PSV Eindhoven.
Inter will qualify for the last 16 as Group B runners-up if they better Tottenham Hotspur’s result in Barcelona.
Coach Luciano Spalletti said that Nainggolan had still not fully recovered from the ankle injury which forced him out of the Champions League match away to Tottenham two weeks ago when a 1-0 defeat left Inter’s fate out of their hands.
Radja Nainngolan will miss Inter Milan’s crucial Champions League clash with PSV Eindhoven
Inter boss Luciano Spalletti revealed on Monday the game would come too soon for his return
‘Vecino? He probably won’t be available for the match while Nainggolan needs to work for a few more days to not be at risk of his injury repeating itself,’ said Spalletti.
‘This match is the most important one since I’ve been here,’ added Spalletti, who led Inter back into the Champions League after a six-year absence in his first season at the club.
‘Inter certainly hasn’t lost a sense of conviction even if we showed some small lapses in concentration in the last game over the course of the 90 minutes,’ he added.
Spalletti said he had no problem with captain Mauro Icardi flying to Madrid to watch Sunday’s Copa Libertadores final between Argentine sides River Plate and Boca Juniors.
‘I don’t see any issue with it, lots of other players from different teams were there too, it certainly wasn’t strange for him to be there,’ he said.
Midfielder Matias Vecino is also set to sit the game out as he recovers from injury
Spalletti had no problem with Mauro Icardi flying to Madrid to watch Copa Libertadores final