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Inter sorry for Forlan error

Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has apologised for the mistake that saw Diego Forlan named in their Champions League squad for the group stages.

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New signing Forlan appeared for Atletico Madrid in the qualifying rounds of the Europe League, hence making himself unavailable to Inter until the knock-out stages of the Champions League (assuming they get that far).

To make matters worse, Forlan's inclusion in Inter's 25-man squad came at the cost of Luc Castaignos, leaving the Italians unable to call on either striker.

"I'm sorry mostly for Castaignos because otherwise he could have played," Moratti said. "The Forlan oversight is fairly serious and it's not something we can fix, we have to find a way of avoiding it in the future."

Uruguay striker Forlan was bought as a direct replacement for striker Samuel Eto'o, who left Inter to join Russian side Anzhi for a reported fee of £25 million this summer. Eto's sale was widely criticised by Inter fans, who feel the club should have done more to keep the Cameroon international.

"The fans are very sensitive to big problems and the difficult moments the club finds itself in, and of course sometimes they can't help but show their dissent," Moratti said. "I understand that, it's human. The financial fairplay forces painful decisions to be made to come back within the parameters.

"But I'm convinced we'll still be very strong."

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