Update: According to reports in the Italian media, Stefan de Vrij is also negative for the coronavirus. He will attempt to be match-fit in time for Bologna, but the odds are he’ll be lining up on the substitutes bench. Danilo D’Ambrosio is Inter’s sole positive case remaining.
After two weeks of desolate weekend viewing calendars and an all-around feeling of gloom, the international break is finally nearing an end. And along with the first glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel, Inter has received a boost regarding its COVID-19 outbreak. According to reports, both Samir Handanovic and Matias Vecino are negative for the virus after testing positive two weeks ago. The positive test came at a particularly inopportune time for Vecino, who had only just made his first appearance of the season against Torino a few days prior. We may have the chance to see him in action with only a short delay this time, as the duo will be able to rejoin training and could be back to full fitness in time for a trip to Bologna on Saturday. As for Handanovic, this means Andrei Radu’s long-awaited season debut in goal will be pushed back once more. The 23-year-old deserves at least a few minutes this season, though hopefully the circumstances that might open the door for him are more positive.
Danilo D’Ambrosio and Stefan de Vrij, on the other hand, are still positive and look all but certain to miss Bologna and likely Sassuolo midweek as well.