Brazil striker Damiao out for six weeks with injury

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) -- Brazil striker Leandro Damiao will be out of action for five to six weeks with a thigh muscle injury, his club Internacional said.

Damiao, who has scored 39 goals this season in all competitions, limped off during the first half of Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Figueirense in the Brazilian championship.

"Damiao suffered a grade two muscular injury," team doctor Paulo Rabello said on Inter's website (

"From the medical exam, we reckon that he can play football in 35 or 40 days' time. He has difficulty in walking."

The 22-year-old, who scored his first goal for Brazil this month in a 1-0 win friendly over Ghana, will miss Brazil's friendlies against Argentina, Costa Rica and Mexico as a result.

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