Lucio still doubtful as Inter bid to keep hold on trophy

Updated: Mar 15, 2011, 09:27 AM IST

Munich: Inter Milan defender Lucio is still doubtful for Tuesday`s Champions League match against Bayern Munich, Inter coach Leonardo said on Monday.

Reigning champions Inter must overcome a 1-0 first-leg deficit and Lucio`s presence is likely to be crucial with fellow centre-back Walter Samuel ruled out for the season.

"We will have to look at Lucio`s fitness in training later this evening. Not only Lucio`s fitness but that of some other players as well," Leonardo told reporters.

The Brazilian was replaced by Ivan Cordoba with 25 minutes remaining in Friday`s 1-1 Serie A draw with Brescia after pulling a muscle in his right leg.

Cordoba had a torrid time, gifting Brescia an equaliser before committing a professional foul to give away a penalty and get sent off.

Striker Diego Milito is unlikely to play after missing the first leg with a hamstring injury.

Inter are not in the commanding form of last season when they won the treble, beating Bayern in the Champions League final.

"I don`t want to promise our fans anything," Leonardo said. "I want to think about all the options because in football anything can happen."

"I think there is a great will among my players. These matches are like finals, they have the character of a final and they go under your skin."

Inter lost the first leg to a last-minute goal from Mario Gomez.

Dutchman Wesley Sneijder said his team mates were confident of becoming only the second team in Champions League history to overturn a first-leg home defeat with away victory to progress to the next round.

"You have to believe," said the midfielder. "This game is 180 minutes long. We played 90 minutes, lost 1-0 at home but we played very well. Tomorrow is the other 90 minutes we will go for it."

Bureau Report