According to a leading Italian broadcaster, Inter is worried that more players would test positive for COVID-19 before Saturday’s home match against Sassuolo.
Following Danilo D’Ambrosio’s diagnosis yesterday, Samir Handanovic became the second player to be identified as having the virus tonight.
According to Sky Sport Italia, via FcInter1908.it, the Nerazzurri are concerned that D’Ambrosio may have transferred COVID-19 onto other first-team players while with the squad before Sunday’s game at Torino.
Inter knows they’re not out of the woods yet, because everybody else has tested negative so far, and patients sometimes don’t test positive until a couple of days after, following a time of incubation.
According to the paper, the players will experience another round of testing on Friday, with the results predicted on the morning of their next Serie A match against the Neroverdi.
As a result, Antonio Conte will not know who he should rely on at San Siro until as late as Saturday morning.
Although D’Ambrosio is not a frequent starter and will not cause Conte too many problems, Handanovic will be a huge loss for Inter after his recent run of impressive form, according to the article.
Ionut Radu, the Slovenian’s understudy who is now scheduled to start on Saturday, was not even given a chance to play in the Coppa Italia earlier this year but will have to be ready right away.
In one way, Inter was lucky in that Handanovic and D’Ambrosio tested positive in the week before the next international break, allowing the club two weeks to restore them and all other players who sign COVID-19.