Lucio, Nagatomo included in Inter squad

BY foxsports • November 21, 2011

Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder has been ruled out of Tuesday's Champions League clash with Trabzonspor due to a thigh strain.

The Dutchman is facing around three weeks on the sidelines after pulling up in the warm-up before Saturday's 2-1 win over Cagliari - he was replaced by Coutinho, who is likely to deputise once again after netting the winner.

Brazilian Lucio and Japanese full-back Yuto Nagatomo have been included in the squad despite missing the Cagliari game.

Inter require only a draw to progress to the knockout stages and will be seeking revenge for their 1-0 home defeat to Trabzonspor in September.

Defender Andrea Ranocchia was delighted with his team's performance against Cagliari and has called for more of the same on Tuesday.

"We need the three points to reach the knock-out stages," Ranocchia told his club's official website.

"It's an important step that we must take. To qualify for the next round would allow us to fully focus on the domestic front."

The Nerazzurri are in buoyant mood after a solid display saw them beat Cagliari 2-1 at the weekend to record their third win in Serie A.

Claudio Ranieri's side still has a lot of work to do if it is to compete for the scudetto this season.

They are 16th in Serie A, 11 points behind league leaders Juventus.

"We are slowly getting back on track," Ranocchia said.

"We have improved after the international break and we played good football against Cagliari.

"It was an important result considering that we are still unlucky with injuries."

Trabzonspor are confident they can end Inter's three-match winning streak in Europe and surprise the Italians again.

The Turkish side have failed to win any of their last six European home games but have lost just two of their last nine.

They beat Inter 1-0 at the San Siro in their group opener and are third, level on five points with CSKA.

Senol Gunes' men are hoping to improve with respect to their goalless home draw against CSKA last time out.

"We were disappointed with that result," Trabzonspor defender Giray Kacar said.

"We missed a chance to go second. Now we must beat Inter and we know we can do it.

"We managed to do so in Milan and there is no reason why we cannot do it again this time in Trabzon."

Trabzonspor go into the encounter on the back of last weekend's 1-1 draw at Mersin that left them second in the Turkish Super Lig, four points behind Fenerbahce.
 


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