Inter will be thin in midfield as Thiago Motta will not make his return for the match against Sampdoria on Sunday, according to tuttomercatoweb.
The combative midfielder has missed much of the season through injury and was supposedly ready for a place on the bench in the 4-3 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday, but he was not available. The latest reports from the peninsula suggest he will not feature against Sampdoria either as he continues his recovery program.
However, Esteban Cambiasso is expected to return to the starting XI after missing the matches against Cagliari and Spurs because of a muscle strain sustained on international duty with Argentina.
He will return sooner than expected and will give the Nerazzurri midfield a boost as MacDonald Mariga, Dejan Stankovic, and Motta are all out of contention.
The Italian champions currently lie joint second-place in Serie A with city rivals Milan, two points behind Lazio.