Icardi set for long-awaited Inter return | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, April 03, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, April 03, 2019

Icardi set for long-awaited Inter return

Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi will return to action on Wednesday after nearly two months out amid off-pitch drama over contract talks as the Serie A club battle for Champions League football next season, coach Luciano Spalletti confirmed on Tuesday.

The Argentina striker was stripped of the captain's armband on February 13 amid negotiations played out on social media and TV via Icardi's wife and agent Wanda Nara, and hasn't played since Inter beat Parma a few days before.

He was also left out of the weekend's 1-0 home defeat to fellow Champions league chasers Lazio as punishment for the row, which on Sunday Spalletti described as "humiliating", despite rumours he would play.

"The conditions are now right for Mauro to help the team again," Spalletti told a press conference ahead of Wednesday's game against Genoa.

"He'll play from the start because he's displayed the right reaction.

"He's trained well in the past few days, and if a player is in the squad they're able to lend the team a hand.

"Blood, sweat and tears are needed when you play for our colours."

Inter's chances of Champions League football have taken a dent after returning to the elite European competition this season after seven years away.

The three-time European champions are third in Serie A -- 25 points behind leaders Juventus and 10 adrift of second-placed Napoli, but just two points ahead of fourth-placed AC Milan. Lazio, Atalanta and Roma lurk behind them.

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