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After 6-week exile, Icardi left off Inter’s squad

March 30, 2019
FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi is flanked by his wife Wanda Nara as they sit in the stands during the Europa League, round of 32, second leg soccer match between Inter Milan and SK Rapid Vienna, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy. Mauro Icardi has been left off Inter Milan’s squad for Sunday’s match against Lazio following a six-week exile from the club. Icardi resumed training with Inter over the international break, having seemingly cleared up his differences with the club after being stripped of the captaincy amid protracted contract negotiations. So it was a surprise when Inter coach Luciano Spalletti announced Saturday that he now sees Icardi “like a new player as he was out for so long. I still hold that he can’t be ready yet to help his teammates so he won’t be in the squad tomorrow.” (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)

MILAN (AP) — Mauro Icardi has been left off Inter Milan’s squad facing Lazio on Sunday following a six-week exile from the club.

Icardi resumed training with Inter over the international break, having seemingly cleared his differences with the club after being stripped of the captaincy amid protracted contract negotiations.

So it was a surprise when Inter coach Luciano Spalletti announced on Saturday he sees Icardi “like a new player as he was out for so long. I still hold that he can’t be ready yet to help his teammates so he won’t be in the squad tomorrow.”

Icardi last played for Inter on Feb. 9 in a 1-0 win at Parma.

The 26-year-old Icardi had said he had a knee injury, although the club has said tests did not reveal any problem.

With Lautaro Martinez out injured, Icardi was expected to start against Lazio.

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