Icardi fit to face Milan, confirms Mancini

The Argentine had been a doubt for the clash after sustaining a thigh injury but his confirmed that the striker will be fit for the San Siro showdown

Inter head coach Roberto Mancini has confirmed that Mauro Icardi will be fit to face Milan in Sunday’s derby, and maintained that his team have what it takes to fight for this season’s Serie A title.

Concerns were raised this week that Icardi would not be available for the clash with Sinisa Mihajlovic’s men due to a thigh problem sustained against Atalanta on August 25.

However, Mancini has declared his star striker fully fit, while he refused to rule centre-back Miranda out of contention – despite the Brazilian suffering a knee injury.

“Icardi is fine and he’ll play, but Miranda will be evaluated,” he told Gazzetta TV on Friday. “We’ll see tomorrow, or even Sunday morning.”

Mancini acknowledges that Milan have become a frightening prospect due to the summer signgins of lethal striking duo Carlos Bacca and Luiz Adriano – but the former Manchester City boss remain adamant that the Nerazzurri, who have kicked off their campaign with two successive wins, are Scudetto challengers.

“Milan are a team to fear. Bacca and Luiz Adriano are important players,” he added.

“All teams can think big – Inter can do the same. To achieve it, though, we have to work hard.”

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