Stanković ruled out of Inter-Bayern opener

FC Internazionale Milano's plans for their round of 16 first-leg tie against FC Bayern München have been hit by a thigh strain to Dejan Stanković and a shoulder injury to Iván Córdoba.

Dejan Stanković of FC Internazionale Milano looks dejected during their Serie A match against AC Chievo Verona
Dejan Stanković of FC Internazionale Milano looks dejected during their Serie A match against AC Chievo Verona ©Getty Images

Midfielder Dejan Stanković is expected to miss the first leg of FC Internazionale Milano's UEFA Champions League round of 16 meeting with FC Bayern München after suffering a thigh strain during Wednesday's Coppa Italia success over SSC Napoli.

The 32-year-old Serbia captain was taken off just after the hour mark in the 0-0 quarter-final draw at the San Paolo Stadium – Inter would win 5-4 on penalties. Tests later confirmed that the right thigh strain will keep Stanković sidelined for about a month. He is therefore likely to sit out the opening leg of the Bayern tie at San Siro on 23 February.

Centre-back Iván Córdoba is also a concern for Leonardo's side after he dislocated his right shoulder in the same game, with further examinations needed to ascertain the extent of the 34-year-old's injury.