Next Match: at home to AC Milan, December 22
Inter Milan go into Sunday's city derby against AC Milan having to do without pivotal midfielder Ricky Alvarez through suspension. The Argentinian player was sent off in last weekend's 4-2 defeat at Napoli and must serve a one-match ban this weekend. "Alvarez's absence is a blow to us," Inter Milan captain Javier Zanetti said. "But this is an important week for us. The derby is always a huge game and we hope to do our best and return to win." Inter, coached by Walter Mazzarri, have not won a league game since November 9. Since then, the Nerazzurri have collected three points - all from draws. Sunday's result was Inter's second defeat of the campaign and dropped the Nerazzurri to fifth in Serie A, two points behind Fiorentina, who climbed to fourth.