NEWS
Thursday February 20 2020
EL line-ups: Ludogorets-Inter

Inter rely on Christian Eriksen, Lautaro Martinez and Alexis Sanchez in today’s Europa League Round of 32 trip to Bulgarians Ludogorets.

The first leg kicks off in Razgrad at 17.55 GMT.

You can follow all the build-up and action as it happens from that game and Roma-KAA Gent on the LIVEBLOG.

The Nerazzurri drop down into this tournament after finishing third in their Champions League group behind Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund.

They make the trip without injured Stefano Sensi, Samir Handanovic, Sebastiano Esposito and Roberto Gagliardini.

Alessandro Bastoni is suffering from tonsillitis, Kwadwo Asamoah not on the UEFA list, while Marcelo Brozovic and Milan Skriniar remained in Milan for individual training schedules.

Romelu Lukaku and Stefan de Vrij are also rested, so Lautaro Martinez and Alexis Sanchez are paired together for the first time since the 2-1 defeat to Barcelona in October.

Diego Godin, Andrea Ranocchia and Danilo D’Ambrosio step into the defence, with Christian Eriksen finally given his opportunity to run the midfield.

Ludogorets changed coach in January, bringing in Pavel Vrba, but also scrapped Jody Lukoki and Renan from the UEFA list due to disciplinary reasons and contract disputes.

Cauly was signed from Paderborn in January and he starts this evening with Jakub Swierczok, as their top scorer Claudiu Keseru is surprisingly not even on the bench, as he picked up an injury in training this morning.

VAR has been introduced to the Europa League for the knockout stages, but as it is not used in Bulgarian competition, a makeshift version of the booth has been set up in two vans outside the stadium.

Ludogorets: Iliev; Cicinho, Terziev, Grigore, Nedyalkov; Dyakov, Anicet, Cauly; Marcelinho, Swierczok, Wanderson

Ludogorets bench: Stoyanov, Tawatha, Biton, Tchibota, Ikoko, Badji, Moti

Inter: Padelli; Godin, Ranocchia, D’Ambrosio; Moses, Vecino, Borja Valero, Eriksen, Biraghi; Lautaro Martinez, Alexis Sanchez

Inter bench: Stankovic, De Vrij, R Lukaku, Young, Barella, Pirola, Candreva

Ref: Carlos del Cerro Grande (ESP)

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