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Inter's Samuel struggling for Marseille trip

FC Internazionale Milano centre-back Walter Samuel faces a race to be fit for the Nerazzurri's round of 16 first leg against Olympique de Marseille after straining his left thigh.

Walter Samuel has suffered a thigh injury
Walter Samuel has suffered a thigh injury ©Getty Images

FC Internazionale Milano defender Walter Samuel is expected to be unavailable for around a fortnight after picking up a thigh injury.

Samuel was replaced at half-time of Sunday's 4-0 Serie A defeat at AS Roma, with subsequent scans revealing a first or second-degree strain to his left thigh. The centre-back, who started four of Inter's six UEFA Champions League Group B fixtures, will therefore miss the Nerazzurri's league games against Novara Calcio on Sunday and Bologna FC on 17 February.

The 33-year-old former Argentinian international also faces a race to be fit for Inter's return to UEFA Champions League action, with the opening instalment of their round of 16 tie taking place at Olympique de Marseille on 22 February. The San Siro rematch is scheduled for 13 March.