MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 03: FC Internazionale coach Luciano Spalletti and Mauro Emanuel Icardi of FC Internazionale look dejected at the end of the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and Bologna FC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on February 3, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

Inter Milan’s head coach Luciano Spalletti confirmed Mauro Icardi has refused to return to first team training despite recovering from an alleged ankle injury.

Icardi has not played for the Nerazzurri since he was stripped of the captaincy, as he claimed to feel pain in his knee, despite tests showing no change from pre-season levels.

With Lautaro Martinez suspended for the second leg against Eintracht Frankfurt, Inter needs the services of Icardi to help them seal a place in the quarter-final of the Europa League.

And Spalletti confirmed that despite the Argentine receiving the all-clear from medics to train, he has declined to return.

“The truth is that we asked Mauro if he felt like resuming training,” said Spalletti in his Press conference via Football Italia.

“The doctor said that in his view the necessary period for treatment had terminated. He replied: ‘No, I still feel pain. I’ll tell you when I feel ready to play.’

Icardi resumes training with Inter Milan

Mauro Icardi has returned to first-team training with his Inter Milan team-mates, ending his self imposed six-week exile. The Argentine striker trained at Appiano Gentile for...

“I acknowledged what he said and went back home. The director (Beppe Marotta) will tell you the rest.”

Inter’s vice-president Javier Zanetti feels the best way to resolve issues amicably is via a dialogue just shortly before the game.

With the scores locked up at 0-0, there can never be a better time for the Argentine marksman to step up and become a hero for his side.