Thirty-six days since his last training session, Mauro Icardi has returned to training with Inter at Appiano Gentile training grounds.
In fact, the last time the Argentine trained with the rest of the team was on February 13 and the last match in which he featured was against Parma five days before his last training session.
Icardi has since been at the centre of a crisis for the Nerazzurri after he had the captain’s armband taken away from him and handed over to Samir Handanovic. Many saw this move as a way to get back at Icardi and his wife-agent Wanda Nara for actions which go beyond the football pitch.
As reported by La Repubblica, Icardi met with the club chairman Steven Zhang prior to the derby win against Milan on Sunday where he said: ” I have never lacked respect for anyone, I have 97.5 per cent attendance at training sessions and no one has ever complained about my professionalism or my behaviour; taking off the armband was a useless humiliation.”
The 26-year old forward also said he had an injury to his knee and that that was the reason for his absence from training. However, the club had also insisted that the scans on Icardi’s knee revealed there was no injury at all.
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He has now returned to training in Pinetina during the international break and is said to be feeling more important now after having the meeting with Steven Zhang.
The absence from the Nerazzurri squad has caused the Argentine to miss out on some important matches including the Europa League match against Eintracht Frankfurt and the derby win on Sunday against Milan.
With the win against the Rossoneri, Inter have maintained third place in the league even though they are still 22 points behind Juventus and 13 away from Napoli.
Icardi was joint top scorer at 29 goals together with Immobile last season and has scored 15 goals across all competitions this season so far.
Up next for the Nerazzurri is Lazio after the international break, with the club hoping they can count on a fully-recovered Mauro Icardi back in the team and doing what he does best – scoring goals.