Inter Milan’s Serie A clash with Sassuolo is postponed after Covid-19 outbreak worsens within Antonio Conte’s squad… and club have BANNED their star players – including Romelu Lukaku and Christian Eriksen – from travelling for internationals
- Inter Milan’s match with Sassuolo has been postponed due to Covid-19 cases
- Antonio Conte’s men have been rocked by several positive Covid tests this week
- Inter have also banned their players from travelling for international games
Inter Milan’s Serie A match at home to Sassuolo on Saturday has been postponed while their players will be pulled out of international duty – including Romelu Lukaku and Christian Eriksen – after two more positive COVID-19 cases at the club.
Stefan de Vrij and Matias Vecino tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Thursday, joining captain Samir Handanovic and Danilo DâAmbrosio in quarantine at home.
Local health authorities requested that the Sassuolo match be cancelled as the Covid outbreak in Antonio Conte’s squad worsened.
Inter Milan’s top players have been banned from travelling for international matches
Inter’s Serie A clash with Sassuolo has been called off due to Covid-19 outbreak in their squad
Stefan de Vrij was one of two players to have tested positive for Covid-19 from the latest tests
‘Having been informed of the new positive cases, the ATS of Milan (health authority) has decided on the immediate suspension of any type of team activity for four days, including Sunday 21 March,’ said an Inter statement.
‘Inter v Sassuolo, scheduled for Saturday 20 March 2021, is to be postponed and players are prohibited from fulfilling any call-ups to their respective national teams.’
Serie A has not yet confirmed that Saturday’s match has been called off.
The Sassuolo match was due to be Inter’s last Serie A game until the weekend of April 3 due to the upcoming international break.
Christian Eriksen will now miss start of Denmark’s World Cup qualifying campaign this month
Players who will now miss key international fixtures
Romelu Lukaku – Belgium (World Cup Qualifiers)
Christian Eriksen – Denmark (World Cup Qualifiers)
Achraf Hakimi – Morocco (African Cup of Nations Qualifiers)
Nico Barella – Italy (World Cup Qualifiers)
Ivan Perisic – Croatia (World Cup Qualifiers)
Alessandro Bastoni – Italy (World Cup Qualifiers)
Milan Skriniar – Slovakia (World Cup Qualifiers)
Marcelo Brozovic – Croatia (World Cup Qualifiers)
Danilo D’Ambrosio – Italy (World Cup Qualifiers)
Stefan de Vrij – Holland (World Cup Qualifiers)
Inter’s Nico Barella (centre) and Alessandro Bastoni (third from the left) will also miss Italy’s upcoming qualifiers along with team-mate Danilo D’Ambrosio (not pictured)
The news that Inter’s international stars have been banned from travelling will come as a huge blow for many national teams with their World Cup qualifying campaigns starting after this weekend’s matches.
It means Belgium will have to face Wales, Czech Republic and Belarus without star striker Romelu Lukaku while Denmark will also have to cope without playmaker Christian Eriksen for their first three qualifiers.
Italy will also have three regular starters in Nico Barella, Alessandro Bastoni and Danilo D’Ambrosio absent for their matches against Northern Ireland, Bulgaria and Lithuania.
Inter, who are top of the Serie A standings, nine points clear of rivals AC Milan in second and 10 ahead of champions Juventus in third, have said they will test their whole squad again on Monday.
The news of Inter’s stars being banned from international games will be a huge blow to Roberto Martinez, whose Belgium side must play three World Cup qualifiers without Lukaku
Denmark and Slovakia are losing key players in Erisken (left) and Milan Skriniar (right)
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