Zanetti nearing Inter return

The 40-year-old defender is edging toward a return to fitness following a lengthy absence after suffering an achilles tendon injury in April

Inter legend Javier Zanetti has revealed that he is three weeks away from returning to training following a five-month injury layoff.

The Argentine ruptured his achilles tendon in the 1-0 defeat to Palermo in April, prompting fears that the then-39-year-old would call time on his illustrious 18-year career with the Nerazzurri.

However, Zanetti – who turned 40 in August – has subsequently signed a one-year extension at San Siro and hopes to resume training by the end of the month.

He told ESPN Radio: “I had a check-up and it was three weeks, and if all goes well I will return to training with the team.”

Zanetti, who has made more almost 850 appearances for the Italian giants, joined the club in 1995 and has won a total of 16 honours with Inter including five Scudetti and a Champions League.

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