Inter have Ricky Alvarez, Giampaolo Pazzini and Diego Milito to take on Parma’s Sebastian Giovinco and Sergio Floccari.
The Nerazzurri open their 2012 fixture list at San Siro against a Parma side who have lost their last five trips here, winning only in May 1999.
Claudio Ranieri is on a run of four consecutive Serie A victories, but has to do without the injured Wesley Sneijder, Diego Forlan, Jonathan, Cristian Chivu and Emiliano Viviano.
Alvarez takes the trequartista role behind Pazzini and Milito, so Mauro Zarate is again left on the bench.
Parma have to reshuffle their defence due to Alessandro Lucarelli’s ban, so Brandao steps in rather than the expected Fabiano Santacroce.
Ex-Inter man Jonathan Biabiany gets the nod ahead of Francesco Valiani, while Giovinco supports Floccari.
Inter: 1 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 55 Nagatomo; 4 Zanetti, 8 Thiago Motta, 19 Cambiasso; 11 Alvarez; 7 Pazzini, 22 Milito
Inter bench: 12 Castellazzi, 18 Poli, 23 Ranocchia, 28 Zarate, 29 Coutinho, 30 Castaignos, 37 Faraoni
Parma: 83 Mirante; 5 Zaccardo, 29 Paletta, 13 Brandao, 18 Gobbi; 7 Biabiany, 4 Morrone, 8 Galloppa, 23 Modesto; 10 Giovinco, 11 Floccari
Parma bench: 1 Pavarini, 14 Pereira, 22 Palladino, 24 Musacci, 33 Santacroce, 80 Valiani, 99 Pellè