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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

EXCLUSIVE
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.

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