Walter Mazzarri says he is expecting a difficult afternoon's work when Inter take on Udinese on Sunday.
The Nerazzurri drew 1-1 with Atalanta in their last Serie A outing and sit in fourth place having accrued 19 points from their opening 10 games.
But after an injury crisis played its part in last season's disappointing campaign, Inter look set to be stretched once again, with Hugo Campagnaro on the sidelines and Samir Handanovic and Mauro Icardi both doubts for Sunday's clash.
“It’s an emergency situation in attack,” the 52-year-old told reporters at the club’s official press conference, reported by Football Italia.
“I’ll have to call a striker from the Primavera youth team anyway. I will evaluate Handanovic and Icardi after today’s training sessions, while I need to speak to Walter Samuel to see how he’s feeling.”
Udinese's defeat to Roma last week was their first at home in over a year and Mazzarri is anticipating a tough examination of his side's credentials when they travel to the Stadio Friuli.
“In my view Udinese have a great tactician who is good at working with both young players and veterans. He gives an identity to his team and they are very strong on home turf," he added.
The Italian also took time to state that, whilst his side lack depth in certain areas, he is confident in the potential for growth within the squad.
“I am absolutely not worried. This is Year Zero for Inter and we are focused only on how we are playing, not in a race with the other teams.”
“I want the side to grow game after game, to eliminate mistakes made in the past. We’ve conceded a lot recently , but I’d be happy be happy to win every match 4-3.”