Inter Defender Andrea Ranocchia Will Miss Up To Six Weeks With Knee Injury

It's a strange, strange world, this football world, when an injury requiring a month and a half on the sidelines is viewed as minor. But last year, Andrea Ranocchia tore the ligaments in his knee and had to miss six months, so the Inter center back is likely thrilled that this time around, he'll likely only be out a fraction of that time. Ranocchia sustained the injury in the second half of Wednesday's Champions League tie against Bayern Munich and had to be stretchered off.

Bayern went on to win 1-0 through a 90th minute goal by Mario Gomez, the striker knocking in the ball after Júlio César lost his grip on an Arjen Robben shot from 25 yards. Ranocchia himself could have given Inter the lead on a chance from Wesley Sneijder's free kick, but the defender volleyed wide. Missed chances aside, however, Inter fans will be thrilled to know that Rano's injury was not as serious as they first feared.

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