Inter's Barella to undergo knee surgery

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Antonio Conte could be without the services of Nicolo Barella for a prolonged period after it was confirmed he requires knee surgery.
Antonio Conte could be without the services of Nicolo Barella for a prolonged period after it was confirmed he requires knee surgery.

Inter midfielder Nicolo Barella will undergo surgery to remove a fragment of cartilage in his knee, the Serie A club have confirmed.

Barella was withdrawn on the stroke of half-time in Saturday's 3-0 win over Torino and visibly indicated his pain to medical staff.

In a statement on their official website, Inter revealed the 22-year-old has damaged a fragment of cartilage in his knee, which will require surgery to be removed. No timescale has been put on how long he will be out of action for. 

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Speaking after the game, Inter boss Antonio Conte said: "I really hope Barella doesn't have anything particularly serious.

"Barella has grown exponentially over the last four months. He is a very important player for us and we can only hope the test results are not too bad. He's a warrior and I hope he's back on the pitch soon."

Barella has made 17 appearances across all competitions so far this season, scoring twice.

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