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Inter Milan report two more COVID cases

Inter Milan have recorded two more positive cases for COVID-19, forcing their players to pull out of international duty and the postponement of their Serie A match at home to Sassuolo on Saturday.

Stefan de Vrij and Matias Vecino tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday, joining captain Samir Handanovic and Danilo D’Ambrosio in quarantine at home.

Local health authorities requested the Sassuolo match be cancelled, with Serie A confirming the official postponement of the game later on Thursday.

“Having been informed of the new positive cases, the ATS of Milan (health authority) has decided on the immediate suspension of any type of team activity for four days, including Sunday 21 March,” Inter said.

“Inter v Sassuolo, scheduled for Saturday 20 March 2021, is to be postponed and players are prohibited from fulfilling any call-ups to their respective national teams.”

Inter are top of the Serie A standings, nine points clear of AC Milan and 10 ahead of champions Juventus in third.

The Sassuolo match is Inter’s last Serie A game until the weekend of April 3 due to the international break, with World Cup qualifiers taking place over the next two weeks.

A ban on players leaving would mean Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku and Denmark’s Christian Eriksen will remain in Milan, as well as Italy players ahead of their matches against Northern Ireland, Bulgaria and Lithuania.

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