Inter could be missing a key player for their upcoming match against Barcelona, as Radja Nainggolan picked up an injury during the Milan derby.
The midfielder featured for the Serie A side on Sunday, when Luciano Spalletti’s men left it late to earn the three points against rivals AC Milan. The winner came from a header by captain Mauro Icardi in stoppage time, which earned Inter their sixth league win of the season.
The victory, however, seems to have come at a cost, as Nainggolan was substituted in the 30th minute of the game with what AS are calling an ankle sprain suffered in the 17th minute after a clash with opponent Lucas Biglia.
Manager Spalletti has cast doubts on the Belgian’s hopes of recovering in time for his side’s ?Champions League trip to ?Barcelona, confirming the club had taken Nainggolan to the hospital and that the player was expected to be out “for a while.”
Inter’s worries over the midfielder could be made worse with news that Croatian duo ?Ivan Periši? and Marcelo Brozovi? are also nursing injuries, according to respected journalist ?Gianluca Di Marzio.
Periši? suffered a contusion to the right thigh, which could’ve been the reason why the winger was substituted in the 70th minute of the match at the San Siro. The 29-year-old will be assessed ahead of the match at the Camp Nou, alongside teammate Brozovi?, who should be available for the Group B game.
With two wins each from their opening fixtures in Europe, Inter and Barcelona will surely put up an interesting spectacle on Wednesday, which Spalletti can only hope his team will be ready for before they return to league action against Lazio on Monday.
?Inter have sent a classy message to Barcelona star Lionel Messi, after the Argentinian suffered a fractured arm which will rule him out of the Champions League clash between the two clubs on Wednesday.
In the 26th minute of Barcelona’s last match against Sevilla, Messi landed awkwardly on the ground and fractured the radial bone in his right arm, which will rule him out of action for around four weeks. As a result, he will likely miss both his side’s matches with Inter, whilst he will also miss Real Madrid’s visit to the Camp Nou on Sunday.
After ?Barcelona broke the news of ?Messi’s injury, ?Inter posted a reply to Barcelona on ?Twitter, expressing their disappointment at not being able to face Messi.
The tweet read: “We are sorry for your injury and not being able to face you in the coming days. It is always an honour to play against the best.”
Wednesday’s match is an incredibly important one, with the two sides tied for first place in Group B. Both sides are currently undefeated in the Champions League, with victories coming at the expense of ?Tottenham Hotspur and PSV Eindhoven.
As a result, the two matches between Inter and Barcelona have the potential to be decisive in the final standings of the group, and Barcelona will have to cope without their star player.
Messi has been in electric form in this season’s Champions League. He has five goals from his opening two matches, and will surely be devastated to be forced into a period on the sidelines.
In his absence, Barcelona will rely on the likes of ?Luis Suarez, ?Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho to step up and guide their team to victory during this crucial month without their captain.
?Tottenham Hotspur legend Chris Waddle has warned the club that star midfielder Christian Eriksen will leave the team if they do not offer him more money, with Real Madrid and Barcelona believed to be interested in signing him.
The 26-year-old has been a key player for Tottenham in recent years and has emerged as one of the world’s finest creative midfielders since moving to London in 2013. He has racked up 57 goals and 71 assists in his 234 appearances for the club, and is regularly linked with a huge transfer away from the club.
Speaking in an interview with ?Sportingbet (via the Sunday Ex?press), Waddle claimed that ?Eriksen will ask to leave the club if they refuse to offer him an increased salary. He said: “Eriksen is reaching superstar status and there’s no surprise to read reports of ?Real Madrid and ?Barcelona being interested.
“Eriksen’s agents will have asked ?Tottenham for more money and he will leave if the club don’t give him it. Real Madrid and Barcelona would jump at offering him those terms so the ball is in Tottenham’s court.
“This is where Daniel Levy decides what type of club he wants Tottenham to be and where he wants them to go.
“It would be a massive statement to give Eriksen a new deal, but would also be a big red flag if they don’t. It would be a fantastic move if he signed a new deal, but money will talk loudest.”
Tottenham are currently in the process of financing a move to a new stadium, which has led fans to believe that their team could seek to avoid spending money elsewhere. They failed to sign any players during the summer transfer window, which further amplified the concerns of the supporters.
However, Eriksen is undoubtedly one of Tottenham’s star players and they will certainly have to take notice of his demands if he does ask for in improved wage.
?Barcelona are said to be monitoring the form of Tottenham’s Eric Dier ahead of a potential bid at the end of the season.
Dier has been a part of the Tottenham first team setup since joining the club from Sporting CP back in 2014 and has cemented himself as a reliable option in the centre of the park for Maurcio Pochettino’s men.
However, it is safe to say that he isn’t the first name you would necessarily think of if you heard that ?Barcelona were in the market for a new midfielder.
Regardless of that fact, ?Teamtalk have published a report which suggests the Catalan giants are now going to be monitoring the 24-year-old’s performances for the rest of the season with a view to sending ?Tottenham an offer next summer.
?Dier reportedly caught the eye during England’s 3-2 win over Spain in Seville last Monday – a performance which interestingly led to former England manager Sam Allardyce likening Dier to Barcelona star Sergio Busquets.
If Barca were to make an unlikely move for Dier, he would be brought in to provide cover in midfield and at the back, just as he does for his current employers Tottenham.
Maurcio Pochettino has plenty of world class options at his disposal, plenty of whom have been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane in recent years.
If Spurs are unable to deliver any silverware this season, it is hard to see how the north London outfit are going to be able to hang on to their big names much longer. However, the prospect of Eric Dier joining up with ?Messi and co. seems to be a little far fetched at this moment in time.
?Barcelona have confirmed that Lionel Messi is set to miss next weekend’s El Clasico meeting with Real Madrid due to injury.
The mercurial number ten suffered a “fracture of the radial bone in his right arm” following a collision with Argentina international Franco Vazquez during Barca’s 4-2 win over Sevilla.
Barca’s club statement regarding the issue read: “Tests carried out on the first team player Leo Messi have confirmed that he has a fracture of the radial bone in his right arm. He will be out for approximately three weeks.”
Messi landed awkwardly on his right arm after attempting the steal the ball off the Sevilla midfielder, and was then carted off the field with his arm heavily wrapped.
It was a disappointing end to what had been – up until that point – a vintage Messi performance. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner had, by the 15th minute, already set up Philippe Coutinho for the opening goal of the game, before curling in his 25th (yes, 25th) goal against Sevilla in the 12th minute.
As well as missing El Clasico, Barcelona confirmed that their talisman is also set to miss La Blaugrana’s crucial UEFA Champions League meeting with Inter, as well as further La Liga game away to Rayo Vallecano and a Copa del Rey encounter with Cultural Leonesa.