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Inter may not take any chances with Maicon in the match against Udinese on Saturday..

Inter defender Maicon may once again be absent this weekend as the Italian champions take on Udinese, according to La Repubblica.

The Brazilian international is still battling a knee injury he picked up in the 2-0 loss to Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup, which caused him to sit out their Serie A opener against Bologna.

Maicon worked separately from his team-mates in training, doing specific exercises.

The medical staff will continue to evaluate his condition, but may not risk him ahead of the club's Champions League Group A opener in the Netherlands against Twente.

His place in the starting XI could be taken by starlet Davide Santon, who finally seems over his knee problems after a long rehabilitation following surgery. However, he is not expected to be able to last a full 90 minutes just yet.


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