Inter Milan's Brazilian defender Maicon will be out of action for several weeks after injuring his right leg in Sunday's 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifier draw in Ecuador, said club doctor Franco Combi.

Combi told the Inter website that Maicon had suffered "a serious injury to his right leg" without elaborating. He added that Brazil doctor Jose Luis Runco would treat the player until he returned to Italy in around ten days.

Italian media said that Maicon, a regular under Inter coach Jose Mourinho scoring five times in 40 games, would not be back in action before the final two or three matches of the league season. Maicon will also miss today's Brazil's South Africa 2010 qualifier against Peru in Porto Alegre.