Inter’s awful September has gotten even worse. A month full of unfortunate events appeared to come to a close with the 3-1 defeat to Udinese, but now the Nerazzurri have succumbed to the international break injury bug. Marcelo Brozovic exited Croatia’s UEFA Nations League clash with Austria after 18 minutes and early reports have him out for 3-4 weeks with a flexor injury.
Though Brozovic hasn’t been in his best form this season (the same can be said of Inter as a whole to be fair), he already has two goals to his name in 9 appearances and remains vital to every facet of how Inter plays. Simone Inzaghi now has yet another headache to deal with, but there is one possible silver lining to this if he plays his hands smartly. Inzaghi has spoken about how he sees Kristjan Asllani as Brozovic’s back-up and nothing else, partly explaining the Albanian’s lack of game time. But with Brozovic out, the 20-year-old has a golden opportunity to show Inzaghi what he has to offer and make a name for himself at the San Siro. The other possibility, of course, is starting Roberto Gagliardini and shoehorning Calhanoglu or Barella into Brozovic’s role. Sigh.
No matter who Inzaghi goes with, he has to get it right. Inter has a whopping 8 games in October (Barcelona x2, Roma, and Fiorentina to name a few) and if the problems we’ve seen so far persist, the Nerazzurri will find itself in a very uncomfortable position come the World Cup.
Get well soon Marcelo!