Conte against international duty

Inter doesn’t have more COVID cases today, but it’s reported Antonio Conte will fight to prevent players going on international duty anyway.

The squad has been ordered into total quarantine until midnight on Sunday, meaning the players aren’t even allowed to train.

It’s because there have been five positive tests within the matchday squad between players and staff over a couple of days, meaning a rapidly-spreading outbreak was feared.

Tonight’s scheduled Serie A game with Sassuolo therefore couldn’t plow ahead and was postponed.

According to the newest reports, there aren’t any positive tests today and worries are starting to ease.

The local health authority will make its evaluation on Monday, which could include releasing players to travel on international duty, albeit with some limitations on social distancing, like eating and showering.

However, coach Conte is claimed to be pushing back against the thought, as he’s wanting to keep hold of his players instead of see them tired out on international duty.

That includes Italy players Nicolò Barella and Alessandro Bastoni.

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