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Lukas Podolski left out of Inter Milan's Europa League squad

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Inter Milan have left Lukas Podolski out of their Europa League squad for the knockout stages.

The German striker joined the Serie A side in January on a six-month loan deal until the end of the season, but despite expecting regular first-team football, the World Cup winner has been snubbed ahead of the elimination stages of the Europa League.

Podolski has been picked in all five of his Serie A matches so far since arriving in Italy, but Roberto Mancini has decided not to include him in his squad after an underwhelming start to life at the San Siro.

UEFA Rules work against Poldi

According to UEFA rules, clubs can register up to three new players in their European squad, but can only pick a maximum of one who has already featured in any other cup competition.

Podolski would have been available for selection despite playing for Arsenal in the Champions League earlier this season, but Mancini chose to pick Bayern Munich loanee Xherden Shaqiri instead.

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Other New Arrivals

Davide Santon has been selected in the squad by Mancini, as has other new arrival George Puscas.

Santon arrived at Inter on transfer deadline day from Premier League side Newcastle United on a six-month loan deal. Mancini had to name a 23-man squad for the cup competition and they will face Scottish side Celtic in the last 32.

The games takes place on the 19th and the 26th and could be defining for Inter's dreary season, which has not improved in recent weeks and on current form looks unlikely to have them back competing on the continent next season.

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