Inter have been dealt a blow in their bid to recover League form with the news that centre-back Lucio has been ruled out for three weeks with injury.
The Brazilian centre-back played the full 90 minutes of the Nerazzurri’s Champions League Group B clash with Trabzonspor in Turkey on Tuesday but complained after the game of tightness in his leg muscles.
Tests carried out this week have now revealed a second-degree strain of the 33-year-old’s left adductor muscle. Prognosis is a minimum three-week recovery period for the South American, but it is anticipated that if Claudio Ranieri has the option, that he is unlikely to risk the injury reoccurring and will not use the defender until after the winter break.
Lucio looks set to miss League fixtures against Siena, Udinese, Fiorentina and Genoa and the conclusion of the team’s Champions League group stages, a home game with CSKA Moscow.