Inter hit by Chivu blow

Romainian defender could miss Liverpool clash

Chivu: Injury doubt

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Internazionale defender Christian Chivu is an injury doubt for his side's UEFA Champions League second-leg clash with Liverpool.

The Serie A champions go into the second-leg of their last 16 meeting against the Reds at the Giuseppe Meazza on 11th March hoping to overturn a two goal deficit following a first-leg defeat at Anfield.

However, coach Roberto Mancini already has a number of defensive selection problems as Marco Materazzi will be suspended after being sent off on Merseyside, while Walter Samuel is a long-term injury absentee.

Ivan Cordoba is also expected to be out for the rest of the season after sustaining knee ligament damage in the first-leg.

Serious blow

And the news that Romanian international Chivu could miss out after dislocating his shoulder in the 1-0 defeat to Napoli on Sunday has come as a serious blow to Mancini.

"I hope it won't be a grave thing," Mancini told the Italian media. "If it is, it will be a major problem."