Inter have suffered another injury blow after Yuto Nagatomo dislocated his shoulder during the Nerazzurri’s 2-0 win in a friendly against Celtic in the Dublin Super Cup.
A statement on the club’s website confirmed the injury for the former Cesena man and he has flown back to Italy for further treatment while also being ruled out of next weekend’s Italian Super Cup clash with rivals Milan.
“Nagatomo started the game against Celtic in the Dublin Super Cup but was forced off after just 10 minutes with a shoulder injury, which turned out to be a dislocation.
“The Japanese full-back went straight to hospital, where he was examined before being released with a brace. The cause of the dislocation was an unnatural backwards movement of his right arm.”
Nagatomo’s injury is the second serious ailment that the Nerazzurri have encountered after goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano suffered a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Viviano needs surgery and has been ruled out for almost six months and Inter Coach Gian Piero Gasperini admitted that the club may need to recall some players who played in the Copa America earlier than expected.
“Unfortunately this was always a risk playing in these tournaments. We’re definitely going to be without Nagatomo for Beijing.
“So we’ll evaluate whether we need to recall some of the players who were given extra leave after the Copa America.”
Inter won the match with Celtic courtesy of first-half goals from new signing Luc Castaignos and Giampaolo Pazzini. Thiago Motta was sent-off for the Nerazzurri late in the first-half.