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Report: Inter's Andrea Ranocchia could be out for remainder of 2011 with muscle injury

Report: Inter's Andrea Ranocchia could be out for remainder of 2011 with muscle injury

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The towering defender has sustained an injury in a practice session and could face a spell on the sidelines until the new year

Inter coach Claudio Ranieri will possibly have to make do without the services of defender Andrea Ranocchia for the remainder of 2011 after the center back picked up a muscular problem in training, La Gazzetta dello Sport reports.

Ranocchia had been included in the match squad for Tuesday evening's Serie A clash away to Genoa, but he sustained a muscle injury in Monday's training session and will consequently miss the match at the Luigi Ferraris.

It's not yet known exactly how long the 23-year-old defender will be unavailable for due to the knock, but the Nerazzurri fear that Ranocchia will be out of action until the winter break.

Ranocchia will undergo a number of tests on Tuesday to determine the extent of his ailment.

The former Bari defender is being plagued by injuries in the first half of the 2011-12 campaign and has so far made only five Serie A appearances.

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