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Roberto Mancini ready for difficult game, says Jonathan is still injured


Internazionale coach Roberto Mancini says the away game against Chievo will be a difficult one for his team.

The Nerazzurri desperately need to improve their position in the table but they will have to be at their very best if they are to take all three points against Rolando Maran's in-form side.

Chievo have in fact registered five consecutive positive results since suffering their last defeat of the campaign against Palermo in October, moving outside the relegation zone.

"First of all I wanted to start with the Europa League game, I wanted to congratulate the whole team for playing a very good game," Mancini said.

"Tomorrow will be a difficult game but we have to continue our growth. We lost against Udinese but the what we're doing is right, we will improve in the future.

"We have to control the game, the players have to stay calm. We have to bounce back and we'll do it, I'm convinced of it."

Asked to give an update on Hernanes and Jonathan, the Italian added: "He's [Hernanes is] experienced and a quality player.

"He has to regain his fitness level because we cannot afford to miss him for a long time.

"[Jonathan] is not ready, he will not play tomorrow. He will be back after the Christmas holidays."

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