Inter striker Diego Forlan has revealed he could be out for two months. “It's the worst injury of my career.”
The Uruguayan picked up a thigh strain while on international duty and each test has shown a worse picture than the one before.
“The medic told me I should recover in the next two months,” he told Radio 1010.
“I have had injuries in my career, but this is the worst. None had hit me this hard before.
“I don't think I injured myself with the way I kicked the ball, but rather I must've dragged my ankle.
“Between club ties, internationals, the World Cup and Copa America, I haven't really stopped for a year and a half. I imagine that, and all the travelling that goes with it, had a real influence.”
Forlan even suggests international duty in South America could have a devastating effect on his fitness levels.
“This is the fourth injury of my career and all of them have come in October. There's no point rushing, as I prefer to get things done properly and heal well.
“I spoke to President Massimo Moratti. He took the news calmly and said I have to rest so that I can recover for the good of the team.”
Meanwhile, Claudio Ranieri has precious few options for Saturday's trip to Catania, as he also lost Julio Cesar to a muscular injury while on international duty.
Also absent are Wesley Sneijder, Cristian Chivu, Philippe Coutinho or suspended duo Andrea Ranocchia and Joel Obi.
Inter squad: Castellazzi, Orlandoni, Tornaghi; Cordoba, Zanetti, Lucio, Maicon, Samuel, Jonathan, Nagatomo; Stankovic, Thiago Motta, Alvarez, Cambiasso, Crisetig, Muntari; Pazzini, Milito, Zarate, Castaignos