Luciano Spalletti comments on his decision over Mauro Icardi

    Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti has explained his decision not to call up Mauro Icardi for the Nerazzurri’s Serie A derby against Lazio

    The Milanese giants welcome the Biancocelsti to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza for the final game of Sunday’s Serie A action, as the two teams battle it out for the Champions League promotion.

    The ex-Nerazzurri captain has returned to training and has been working with his teammates for a while, which is why he was expected to be included in Inter’s squad for Sunday’s encounter.

    With Lautaro Martinez ruled out by injury, Spalletti’s choice to leave Icardi on the sidelines seems to be a little odd.

    However, the former AS Roma manager has elaborated the Argentinean’s absence from the list during the press conference in the build-up to the upcoming heavyweight clash.

    “In some ways, it was like having a new player, because he hadn’t been with us for such a long time,” the 60-year-old said.

    “He trained with us, and in some ways, we need to get him back into our training regime behavior. Considering what happened lately, including yesterday, I maintain he is not yet able to help his teammates in this game.

    “That is why he will not be called up.”

    “I have to consider everything, from the previous period all the way up to yesterday. He trained with us all week, something new happened yesterday that I need to evaluate. Training sessions are fundamental. For the next few games, we’ll see.”

    After a 3-2 win over arch-rivals AC Milan last time out, Inter sit third in the table with a six-point lead over fifth-placed Roma and are confident of securing back-to-back Champions League appearance.

    Meanwhile, the visitors sit six points adrift of the Champions League promotion territory, which is why they desperately need to wrap up all three points here.

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