Injured Ansaldi set to miss start of Inter's season

The Argentine full-back pulled up in training on Thursday with a ligament problem, and could be out for up to a month – which will keep him out against Chievo

Cristian Ansaldi is set to miss the start of Inter’s season after the club confirmed he had suffered a knee injury.

The 29-year-old full-back arrived at San Siro last month after spells with Zenit St Petersburg, Atletico Madrid and Genoa over the past three seasons, but has suffered a strained medial collateral ligament prior to making his competitive debut.

Ansaldi sustained the problem in training on Thursday, prior to his presentation as an Inter player later that day.
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“Cristian Ansaldi has had a scan on his left knee which has revealed a strained medial collateral ligament,” read the club’s statement on Friday.

Reports in Italy suggest he will miss two to four weeks of action as a result, with Inter’s league campaign due to start away to Chievo on August 21.

Ansaldi had appeared in five of Inter’s pre-season matches under former head coach Roberto Mancini, who has since been replaced at the helm by Frank de Boer.