Inter Milan coach Andrea Stramaccioni will not be rushing Wesley Sneijder back into his squad until the Dutch forward is fully fit, he said Wednesday.
Sneijder has been sidelined with injury since the start of the season and a few weeks ago was reported to have told his agent of his interest in a move to Manchester United.
Inter, who finished 26 points off the pace of champions Juventus last season, are only four points off the pace of the champions after eight games and are in Europa League action on Thursday.
In a press conference ahead of the San Siro clash with Partizan Belgrade, Stramaccioni hinted that Sneijder was close to a return but would not be rushed.
"I like what I've seen from him, he's highly motivated," Stramaccioni told Inter.it.
"He wants to return as quickly as possible, he's getting restless but, as you know, players will only return if they're 100 percent. I don't like to rush anyone back.
"He had his first tests with Dr. Combi yesterday (Tuesday) and when he's available for selection then we'll talk about his return to action."