Inter defender Walter Samuel is reportedly close to a return to first-team action after six months on the sidelines with serious knee-ligament damage.
The 35-year-old has been recuperating since undergoing surgery on his right knee damaged during the November 6 clash with Brescia, and has recently returned to first-team training in a bid to see game time before the season is through.
Such is his progress, it is thought he could be included in the squad for Week 35's trip to Cesena, which would be his first involvement under Leonardo.
The centre-back's return is welcome news for the Coach, whose defence has come under criticism as the team have dropped out of title and European contention in recent weeks.
Samuel's impact is best reflected in the fact that the 34 games Inter have played since his injury, they have conceded 48 goals in all competitions, and gone from having the best defence in the League at the time of his injury to only the seventh strongest now.
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