Inter defender Maicon sustained a serious leg injury playing for Brazil at the weekend, the Serie A club’s doctor has confirmed.
The right-back will be out for several weeks with Italian media speculating his season could be over.
“I spoke with Brazil’s chief doctor during the night. Unfortunately, he confirmed that Maicon has a serious injury… in his right leg,” Inter doctor Franco Combi told the official club website (www.inter.it).
“We agreed Brazil’s doctor will take care of the player until his return to Italy in about 10 days’ time. When he returns to Milan we will do further tests to see how the injury is, and then proceed with a rehabilitation programme.”
Maicon was injured in the first half of Brazil’s 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw in Ecuador on Sunday.
His absence will be a big blow to Inter, who lead Serie A by seven points with nine games remaining.
Young left back Davide Santon may switch to the right for Sunday’s league game at Udinese with Maxwell filling in on the left after being overlooked by coach Jose Mourinho for months.