Last season Marco Andreolli was sent on loan to Sevilla but his time at the Spanish club was cut short when he tore his Achilles tendon back in November. The 30 year old had a long road to recovery but finally took to the pitch again in a friendly for Inter during the international break. Afterwards he expressed happiness at finally returning to action and how he looked forward to getting to 100% as soon as possible.
If Andreolli can play the way he did before his injury then new manager Frank De Boer will be very happy to have the Italian back. The team is lacking reliable backup options at centerback, and Andreolli has proven to be a solid 3rd choice defender in the past. The problem is often players don’t quickly return to form after such a long-term injury, and that becomes even worse once players start getting a little older.
Only time will tell how well Andreolli will fit into De Boer’s plans, but I am excited that he is returning. He will undoubtedly get minutes given that Inter is fighting in three competitions, and he could help shore up a defense that has struggled in the Europa League. With a contract expiring in the summer Andreolli will be extra motivated to have a strong performance every time he steps on the pitch, and I’m sure he is eager for his first competitive appearance for the Nerazzurri this season.