EXCLUSIVE: After seven months out injured, 'Big Mac' has finally been included in the Inter squad to face Cagliari in a league tie after being passed fit
By David Kwalimwa
Kenyan midfield star Macdonald Mariga reveals he is excited to be included in the Inter Milan squad ahead of the Serie A league encounter against Cagliari on Sunday.
The 25 year-old is part of the 22 man squad that is scheduled to travel for the match away to the 12th placed side that kicks-off at the Stadio Meazza at (5pm Kenyan time).
The Uefa Champions League winner, last featured in a competitive match seven months ago while on loan at Parma, but suffered a serious injury that has ruled him out ever since.
"I give thanks to God. I am excited beyond measure, my recovery program went on schedule and I never suffered a setback. I am ready for the action if called upon (against Cagliari). I have missed playing football, now (hopefully) that is behind me," Mariga told Goal.com.
This news will be a big boost to both Inter's youthful manager Andrea Strammachioni and Harambee Stars coach Henri Michel.
The Nerrazuri are currently placed second on the Serie A log after 12 games, five points adrift league leaders and defending champions Juventus.
Inter squad for Cagliari match: Goalkeepers: 1 Handanovic, 12 Castellazzi, 27 Belec; Defenders: 4 Zanetti, 6 Silvestre, 23 Ranocchia, 25 Samuel, 31 Pereira, 33 Mbaye, 40 Juan Jesus, 42 Jonathan, 55 Nagatomo.
Midfielders: 11 Alvarez, 17 Mariga, 19 Cambiasso, 21 Gargano, 41 Duncan, 52 Romanò; Forwards: 7 Coutinho, 8 Palacio, 22 Milito, 99 Cassano.