Kondogbia back in Inter XI for derby with AC Milan

The French midfielder has made only five appearances for the Nerazzurri this season and returns to the first-team for the meeting with their city rivals

Geoffrey Kondogbia has returned to the Inter starting XI for Sunday’s game against AC Milan.

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The French midfielder has not featured for the Nerazzurri since his side’s 2-1 defeat to Atalanta in in October – Frank de Boer’s last game in charge.

Kondogbia has had a limited role for Inter this term, having featured in just five games in Serie A, though an injury kept him out for two weeks.

The former Monaco star is back in the team this weekend, though, with Ever Banega missing out as Stefano Pioli’s men look for a crucial win over their city rivals. Andrea Ranocchia, who picked up an injury in their last league game – a 3-0 win over Crotone – is also missing, as Gary Medel takes his place. 

Mauro Icardi, who has scored 10 league goals in 12 games, leads the line as captain. 

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Meanwhile, M’Baye Niang will start for Milan, having missed their recent 2-1 win over Palermo through injury. Mario Pasalic and Alessio Romagnoli have been left out of the first-team, with Niang and Gustavo Gomez slotting in.

AC Milan XI: Donnarumma; Abate, Paletta, Gomez, De Sciglio; Kucka, Locatelli, Bonaventura; Suso, Bacca, Niang.

Inter XI: Handanovic; D’Ambrosio, Miranda, Medel, Ansaldi; Brozovic, Joao Mario, Kondogbia; Candreva, Icardi, Perisic.