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Report: Mauro Icardi back to train with Inter Milan this week

After being out for more than a month, Icardi is coming back to Nerazzurri.

FC Internazionale v SS Lazio- Coppa Italia
Mauro Emanuel Icardi of FC Internazionale is challenged by Lucas Leiva of SS Lazio during the Coppa Italia match between FC Internazionale and SS Lazio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 31, 2019 in Milan, Italy.
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A report out of Italy suggests Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi will be back to training with the team as early as Thursday.

Sportmediaset reported Wednesday that Icardi’s treatment for a knee injury has been complete and he plans to return to the team.

Icardi has been out of the lineup and training since Feb. 13 when he lost the captaincy prior to Inter’s Europa League match at Rapid Wien.

The outlet also reported that Inter Milan CEO Beppe Marotta met Wednesday with a lawyer representing Icardi to discuss the Argentine striker’s future with the club.

By returning to training this week, Icardi could be ready for Inter’s next Serie A match against Lazio on March 31 as the next week is reserved for international play.

The report said Icardi’s demands for a return of the captain’s armband, as well as recent drama, has been set aside as the club makes a push for a Champions League spot next season.

Additionally, discussion over a contract renewal “will be discussed calmly” in the future, according to the report.

Since his departure from the club, Inter have won five Serie A matches, but were eliminated from the Europa League following a 1-0 home loss to Eintracht Frankfurt in the round of 16.

The Nerazzurri are currently third in Serie A after their 3-2 win over AC Milan in Sunday’s Derby della Madonnina. They are two points clear of the Rossoneri, six points up on AS Roma and eight points better than Lazio. Conversely, Inter Milan are seven points back of second-place Napoli in the standings.

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