Arturo Vidal looked a step off against Atalanta, misplacing passes and holding on to the ball too long on several occasions before being replaced by Christian Eriksen. But now we may have a better idea why the Chilean was so shaky. A press release from Inter reveals he is suffering from meniscal pain in his left knee. He is scheduled to undergo surgery tomorrow to rectify the problem. Vidal could be out for as long as a month, though luckily much of that time falls in the international break. He will miss clashes with Torino, Sassuolo, Bologna, and Cagliari but could make it back in time for a trip to Napoli on April 18th.
This doesn’t spell doom for Inter’s midfield, however. Christian Eriksen seems to have a lock on the third starting spot, while Roberto Gagliardini, Matias Vecino, and Stefano Sensi (if he still exists) can provide depth. Vecino and Sensi have both been on the bench in recent games but Vecino hasn’t made an appearance all season while Sensi’s last showing was a ten-minute cameo back on January 30th against Benevento. If those two can get to full fitness, they’ll certainly have a role in Inter’s midfield. Unfortunately, that’s a big if.
Let’s hope for a speedy recovery for Vidal!