MILAN, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini has criticised France boss Raymond Domenech for playing Patrick Vieira in both the recent Euro 2008 qualifiers despite the midfielder carrying a hamstring injury.
Vieira is now out of Sunday's Serie A match at home to Catania and is doubtful for Wednesday's Champions League game at Fenerbahce, where the Italian champions will also be without a catalogue of defenders due to injury and suspension.
Vieira played in last Saturday's 0-0 draw with Italy on his home ground and then turned out for the 1-0 defeat by Scotland on Wednesday which knocked France down to third in Group B.
In the run up to the games, the France captain said he would not put himself at risk but later criticised Inter for saying he was not fit for the Scotland game.
'He was not able to play two matches in four days,' Mancini told reporters on Saturday.
'It is clear he could have been a little more careful, but there was also the coach. For a player, it is not easy to not go with the national team.
'Now I don't know how long he will be out. He hasn't trained since Wednesday. For the Champions League I believe it is pretty difficult for him to recover.'
Inter defender Cristian Chivu could be out for around a month after dislocating his shoulder in Romania's 3-1 friendly defeat in Germany on Wednesday while Marco Materazzi is still recovering from a long-term thigh problem.
Centre back Walter Samuel is also struggling with injury while Nicolas Burdisso, Maicon and Ivan Cordoba all have long-term Champions League suspensions following the mass brawl in the game with Valencia last season.
'We have just three defenders. Four if we consider (Javier) Zanetti as a full back. It's a fairly difficult situation,' Mancini said looking ahead to Wednesday's clash in Istanbul.
Forgotten striker Adriano, troubled by fitness problems and a lack of form, has been called into the squad for the Catania game as cover for Sweden forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
'His attitude has definitely been positive in recent days,' Mancini said of Adriano. 'We will see how Zlatan is tomorrow. All the internationals came back very tired.'