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Inter's Motta set to miss Trabzonspor opener

Published: Thursday 8 September 2011, 12.12CET
Thiago Motta is likely to sit out FC Internazionale Milano's UEFA Champions League Group B match against Trabzonspor AŞ after sustaining a thigh strain playing for Italy.
Inter's Motta set to miss Trabzonspor opener
Inter's Thiago Motta (right) looks likely to miss Wednesday's visit of Trabzonspor ©Getty Images
Published: Thursday 8 September 2011, 12.12CET

Inter's Motta set to miss Trabzonspor opener

Thiago Motta is likely to sit out FC Internazionale Milano's UEFA Champions League Group B match against Trabzonspor AŞ after sustaining a thigh strain playing for Italy.

Midfielder Thiago Motta is unlikely to feature in FC Internazionale Milano's UEFA Champions League group stage opener against Trabzonspor AŞ on 14 September after picking up a thigh strain on national-team duty.

The Brazilian-born Italian international was substituted after 45 minutes of the Azzurri's 1-0 victory over Slovenia on Tuesday which secured their qualification for UEFA EURO 2012. Scans taken on Wednesday showed that Motta has what Inter describe as "a first-degree left thigh strain" although it is uncertain for how long the former FC Barcelona, Club Atlético de Madrid and Genoa CFC ball-winner will be sidelined.

The 29-year-old Motta is doubtful to travel to Sicily for the Nerazzurri's opening Serie A game against US Città di Palermo on Sunday and his involvement against Trabzonspor in Inter's UEFA Champions League Group B curtain-raiser at San Siro three days later is similarly under threat.

Last updated: 08/09/11 14.46CET

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