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Radja Nainggolan out for Barcelona, Lazio clashes

Other injuries could plague Nerazzurri.

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Radja Nainggolan of Inter Milan in action during the Group B match of the UEFA Champions League between PSV and FC Internazionale at Philips Stadion on October 3, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
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Following a late challenge by Lucas Biglia in the 30th minute of Inter Milan’s 1-0 win over AC Milan in the Derby della Madonnina Sunday, midfielder Radja Nainggolan has been ruled out of Wednesday’s Champions League clash at Barcelona.

Additionally, it is likely the former Belgium international will sit out Inter’s next Serie A clash — at Lazio — next weekend.

Following the loss, Biglia defended his actions which led to Nainggolan being subbed off.

“I have nothing against Nainggolan, it’s a game, it can happen. I just went to close down the pass. I showed them afterwards that my ankle and knee weren’t in good shape either,” Biglia said, according to Football Italia. “It’s not up to me to judge, it’s for the referee. Perhaps the VAR should’ve paid closer attention and I expected them to look at it.

“I went to speak to Radja afterwards, it was not a nasty tackle at all. He told me his ankle was swollen and I said it wasn’t easy for me to play with 70 minutes like that either, especially with a yellow card.”

Inter Milan also confirmed they were monitoring the conditions of Ivan Perisic and Marcelo Brozovic after both complained of injury during the match.

“After the match between Inter and Milan, Radja Nainggolan, who had to exit the field after 30 minutes yesterday, underwent medical tests this morning at the Istituto Humanitas di Rozzano. The results confirmed that he has sprained his left ankle. The Inter midfielder’s condition will be reassessed in the coming weeks,” the club said, according to its website. “Medical tests weren’t required for Marcelo Brozovic and Ivan Perisic, and they will be assessed on a day-by-day basis.”

Inter won the match after Mauro Icardi headed home a late winner at the San Siro.

The Nerazzurri will be in action next on Wednesday when they travel to the Camp Nou to face FC Barcelona in Group B play of the Champions League.

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