KEY POINTS

  • Inter Milan left groping after the loss of two players against Gladbach
  • Sanchez's extent of being sidelines is yet to be confirmed
  • Conte reveals that the team is making necessary adjustments. He also lauds his players for efforts

Inter Milan will have to find ways to play their next couple of games without Chilean Star Alexis Sanchez. The 31-year-old made just his second start for Nerazzurri but had to be taken out at half-time in the Group B opener.

The Chilean forward incurred an adductor injury and will undergo evaluation. He was replaced by Lautaro Martinez at half-time in the Champions League match with Borussia Monchengladbach that ended in a 2-2 draw.

“Alexis Sanchez came off at half-time during tonight's match after experiencing a problem with his right adductor muscle," the club said on their official Twitter account.

When asked about the status of Sanchez, Inter coach Antonio Conte needs to find out the prognosis to determine the extent of the Chilean’s injury. An update is likely to be known by tomorrow.

“Sanchez needs to be evaluated by the medical staff. Sometimes you need to interpret with Alexis and figure out what’s going on, but we’ll see tomorrow what the situation is,” Conte said via Sempreinter.

Before being taken out of the match, it was pretty clear that Sanchez was not his usual self. Proof of that is he lost possession eight times and won just one of his nine duels. There was something wrong and Conte needed to make the necessary adjustments.

Aside from that, the club also lost full-back Achraf Hakimi after he tested positive for COVID-19 before the game. Though the odds were stacked against them, Conte knows that they have to make the necessary adjustments and play to the best of their abilities.

"I told the lads to face every situation with heads held high. It wasn't easy on a psychological level, but the lads showed they are good men as well as good players,” he said. "Tonight we did well against a team with a great deal of potential, one that has technical quality as well as physicality.”

Alexis Sanchez of FC Internazionale Alexis Sanchez of FC Internazionale Photo: Getty Images | MB Media