Inter Milan striker Diego Milito is set to return to the treatment room having just made his return from torn knee ligaments.
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Less than three weeks after he marked his return to action from a seven-month lay-off with a brace in Inter’s 7-0 win over Sassuolo, the 34-year-old is facing another month on the sidelines and could be ruled out of five Serie A games.
“It’s an injury we really could have done without,” Inter coach Walter Mazzarri told Tuttosport. “Just think that this week, in view of the international break, I was hoping to speed up his full integration in the side. Diego is a top player and there are very few like him around.”
Mazzarri will now have to reshuffle his pack once again, as he did for his side’s first few games of the season, placing his faith in the club’s latest Argentinean prodigy, Mauro Icardi. Mazzarri believes he is just the man to nurture the young striker.
“I began coaching in the youth academies, giving debuts to plenty of youngsters at Reggina who did not even know what Serie A was,” Mazzarri said. “And that’s without even mentioning [Lorenzo] Insigne. Just think of [Rolando] Bianchi -- he exploded under me at Reggina and was sold to [Manchester] City for an exorbitant fee at the time. Attackers have always had the best seasons of their careers under me.”
That, he says, is reflected in the statistics and facts, and there is further evidence of his good work from his spell in charge of Napoli. He left Naples in the summer after four years, and his replacement, Rafa Benitez, has been given significant funds to bolster his squad.
“What I did for Napoli... the results we got in four years speak for themselves,” he said. “But I also believe I did Napoli good by leaving them. This year, the club -- and they will know the reasons -- have removed their salary cap and made investments aimed at taking that next step.
“I never had this possibility in my four years there, when we qualified for Europe four times, finished second last year, won the Coppa Italia, which they had not won for over 20 years.
“Now I’m back at square one. I want to see spirit, a side who play football, with logic and with lads who fight, and I’m seeing this bit by bit. I think we’ve already gone beyond all expectations so far. We’re not perfect, but we’re at a good stage.”