Saturday April 13 2013
Inter change striker approach

Injury problems are piling up on Inter, who have made an unusual choice in the absence of available strikers against Cagliari.

Antonio Cassano limped off with a thigh strain during the 4-3 home defeat to Atalanta, joining Rodrigo Palacio and Diego Milito on the absentee list.

With Tommaso Rocchi the only striker left in the squad, Coach Andrea Stramaccioni had been expected to call up several members of the Primavera youth team.

However, the only extra forward he brought in is 19-year-old Francesco Forte, leaving the others to play in the Primavera League.

Elsewhere, Cristian Chivu, Dejan Stankovic, Joel Obi, Ibrahima Mbaye, Luca Castellazzi and Gaby Mudingayi also miss out, so a change of tactics seems inevitable.

Ricky Alvarez was moved into a second striker role against Atalanta and could well be used there again tomorrow afternoon.

Inter squad for Cagliari: 1 Handanovic, 27 Belec, 30 Carrizo; 6 Silvestre, 23 Ranocchia, 25 Samuel, 31 Pereira, 40 Juan Jesus, 42 Jonathan, 55 Nagatomo; 4 Zanetti, 10 Kovacic, 11 Alvarez, 14 Guarin, 17 Kuzmanovic, 19 Cambiasso, 21 Gargano, 24 Benassi, 60 Belloni; 8 Rocchi, 45 Forte