Inter’s Japanese defender, Yuto Nagatomo, is suffering from a hamstring injury.
Nagatomo was substituted during the match against Palermo due to an injury in his right thigh. Gianluca Di Marzio reports that Inter have released a statement on their defender stating, “Nagatomo underwent a MRI this morning at a clinic in Milan. The tests showed a second degree lesion in the hamstring of his right thigh. Estimated recovery time is approximately six weeks.”
With a long recovery time ahead for the defender, Inter may look to reinforce their back line as they try to push themselves higher into the standings for the nine remaining Serie A matches.
TuttoMercatoWeb is reporting that although Mancini has denied the possibility of new arrivals on free agency coming to Inter, Nagatomo’s constant injury problems puts the Inter defense in an emergency situation and they may begin to seek a replacement.
La Gazzetta dello Sport has claimed Inter’s latest leads could be to Christian Lell, a 30-year old defender who previously played at Bayern Munich and most recently at Levante. Since being released from Levante, Lell could move on a free transfer and sign for Inter even though the January Transfer Window is now closed.