Saturday November 6 2010
Benitez: 'Sneijder felt faint at half-time'

Rafa Benitez reveals Wesley Sneijder fainted, Douglas Maicon has a muscular problem and Walter Samuel's knee injury “looks serious.”

The night of their 1-1 draw with Brescia was particularly bad in terms of injuries on top of an already-decimated squad.

Maicon pulled up clutching the back of his thigh after just 29 minutes, then Sneijder didn't come back out for the second half as he felt unwell.

Samuel was stretchered off in agony after an accidental clash of knees with Andrea Caracciolo pushed his leg backwards in an unnatural fashion.

“Samuel has a sprained knee and that looks serious,” explained the Coach. “Sneijder felt faint in the locker room. Maicon had a problem with his knee, but had been doing better and put a lot of strain on his legs in the last two games.

“There were too many problems stopping us from controlling the game.”

Brescia had taken a 1-0 lead through Caracciolo and it wasn't until a very controversial Samuel Eto'o penalty that Inter managed to scrape a point.

“In the first 10 minutes we did well, but after they scored it all became more difficult and at times we were too hasty. The side was very attacking, but we started so well and I was surprised that we conceded.

“As for the penalty, the referee was right behind them and he seemed very certain.”

Benitez had adopted a new 4-4-2 system to make up for the lack of available midfielders.

“I moved Sneijder to midfield because of the injuries so that he could bring his quality to the side. We lost control of the game only after the goal.

“At the moment Eto'o is the only one who scores. Diego Milito did hard work against a side that closed up the spaces well.”

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