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The supremo rejects the notion that the striker's absence could harm the Nerazzurri's season, instead believing it could work in their favour if they stay on the right path

Massimo Moratti has claimed that Diego Milito's cruciate ligament injury will serve to unite the Inter squad.

The Argentine forward's season came to an end on Thursday when he landed awkwardly and twisted his knee in the 2-0 Europa League victory over last 16 opponents Cluj.

However, the Nerazzurri president is refusing to panic in the wake of Milito's serious lay-off and hopes that his team can use the setback as an added source of motivation in their quest for glory this term.

"I do not think that the team will collapse. Milito's injury was not a frightening slap for us," Moratti told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"What happened gives us more strength to do well
. We have to keep on going and ensure that we do well.

"Our objectives for the season remain winning the Europa League and finishing third in Serie A.

The footballing sphere has wasted no time in showing its support to Milito, with the 34-year-old receiving over 10,000 messages from players and fans alike.

He will now go under the knife after his ACL tear was given the green light to be operated on, but he is not expected to stage a return to first-team affairs until the eve of the 2013-14 campaign.

Reports in Italy suggest that Czech Republic international Milan Baros could be drafted in on a free transfer by Inter following the attacker's release from Galatasaray.

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