Mariga who has been out injured has not been included in the 31-man squad which saw the European champions in 2010 pooled in a tough Group H
Kenya midfielder Macdonald Mariga is conspicuously missing from Inter Milan’s squad for the UEFA Europa League Cup.
The injured Mariga has not been included in the 31-man squad picked by head coach Andrea Stramaccioni for the Cup, which saw the European champions in 2010, pooled in a tough Group H against the hard-to-beat Russians Rubin Kazan, Partisan Belgrade and debutants Nefti from Azerbaijan.
Mariga who has been sidelined for over six months after picking a shoulder injury while playing on loan to Parma last season, is currently undergoing a rehabilitation programme and had been expected to be fit by the end of this month to feature in the club’s Europa league matches.
The Kenyan midfielder finished last season on loan at Parma after another loan spell with Spanish side Real Sociedad. It has been rumored that Inter Milan are in the process of loaning the Kenyan again this season with Fiorentina the likely destination.
Mariga, who has had spells in Sweden, Italy, Spain and was in the verge of joining Manchester City in 2010 but could not obtain work permit, made history as the first player from the East African region to win the Champions League with Inter Milan.
Whereas Mariga will miss out on the Europa Cup, his sibling Victor Wanyama will be featuring for Scottish giants Celtic in the Champions League. Celtic have been grouped in the play-offs alongside former champions Barcelona, Spartak Moscow and Benfica.
Wanyama has been inspirational for the Scottish giants and was in hand to score the winning goal in the 2-0 victory over Sweden side Helsinborg at Celtic Park that ended the “The Bhoys” four year wait to join the elite Europe league.
The first round of the Europa group stage matches kicks-off on September 20 and Mariga’s Inter launch their campaign at the San Siro against Rubin Kazan.
Inter Milan squad for Europa League; 27 Vid Belec (club-trained player); 24 Marco Benassi (association-trained player); 44 Matteo Bianchetti (club-trained player); 19 Esteban Cambiasso; 99 Antonio Cassano (association-trained player); 12 Luca Castellazzi (association-trained player); 7 Philippe Coutinho; 21 Walter Gargano; 14 Fredy Guarin; 1 Samir Handanovic; 42 Jonathan Cicero Moreira; 40 Juan Jesus; 88 Marko Livaja; 22 Diego Milito; 16 Gabi Mudingayi; 55 Yuto Nagatomo; 20 Joel Obi (club-trained player); 8 Rodrigo Palacio.
Others are; 31 Alvaro Pereira; 23 Andrea Ranocchia (association-trained player); 52 Andrea Romanò (club-trained player); 25 Walter Samuel; 6 Matias Silvestre; 10 Wesley Sneijder; 4 Javier Zanetti. 48 Andrea Bandini (List B); 31 Matteo Cincilla (List B); 46 Yago Del Piero (List B); 61 Luca Garritano (List B), 8 Simone Pasa (List B) and 49 Giovanni Terrani (List B).