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Icardi faces a month off the pitch

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Initial medical tests show the captain suffered a strain to his lateral collateral ligament, which typically takes about a month to recover from.

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Eleven minutes into the match against Bologna on Saturday, Mauro Icardi had to come off the pitch after hurting his right knee when he lunged for a cross. After being evaluated by the club doctors it has emerged that the Inter captain strained his lateral collateral ligament. The club has stated that they will do further tests to determine the full extent of the injury but as of now it looks like he will be unavailable for about a month.

This injury to the team's top scorer comes at a time when Mancini had just seemed to figure out how to get his players to start scoring more than one goal in a match. Given that Palacio was picked up a booking against Bologna and will now be suspended for the Roma match plus Jovetic will likely not recover in time for that match, Eder will have the chance to lead the line and try to find his first goal for the nerazzurri. This match would be the perfect time for him to rediscover his goalscoring form as a win against the capital side would cut the gap on 3rd place to just two points. Besides missing the crucial Roma fixture, Icardi will probably also miss games against Torino and Frosinone but will hopefully be back in time for the match against Napoli.

We hope for a speedy recovery Icardi!