Inter's Douglas Maicon is expected to be out of action for around a month after suffering an injury.
The right-back picked up a problem to his meniscus in his right knee during training which will require surgery.
Maicon, with the backing of the Italian club, will fly out to Brazil for the procedure which will be carried out by Jose Luis Runco Brazil's national team doctor.
The Selecao international is now thus a doubt for the Nerazzurri's first two League games of the campaign.
Maicon may be replaced in the line-up by new boy Jonathan, a fellow Brazilian who is also an attacking right-back.