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Sneijder: Conspicuous in his absence

Sneijder: Conspicuous in his absence

Inter Milan coach Andrea Stramaccioni will use Thursday's Europa League home clash with FC Neftchi to evaluate some of his fringe players.

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Seeing as Inter have already qualified for the knockout stages of the competition, Stramaccioni has the luxury of resting players with Sunday's crucial Serie A match with Napoli in mind.

Much of the build-up to the game has been dominated by the exclusion of Wesley Sneijder from the squad, with the Dutch playmaker having last played for the Nerazzurri way back in September.

When questioned about Sneijder's absence, Stramaccioni joked: "I wasn't expecting any questions about Sneijder! Really, you've taken me totally by surprise.

"I think I've already talked extensively about this topic and the president (Massimo Moratti) has spoken on several occasions.

"All the decisions now and in the future, concerning all Inter players, are based on my own assessments. Therefore, Sneijder's involvement is up to me.

"He's well, happy, and training with his team-mates. So I'll ask you not to question me about it again. I repeat, I make my choices and I take all responsibility."

Meanwhile, the highly-rated Marko Livaja is set to start once again for the Italian giants.

Posted: 05/12/12 16:54

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