Brazil's Dani Alves injured for PSG ahead of World Cup

Tanya Simon
May 11, 2018

Brazil star Dani Alves will miss this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation with a knee ligament injury.

The PSG right-back was withdrawn from his side's 2-0 Coupe de France final victory over 2-0 Les Herbiers on Tuesday with ligament damage, causing panic for coach Selecao Tite and his staff.

The day after the injury, a Brazil spokesman told ESPN Brasil: "Following Dani Alves' right knee injury, which occurred yesterday during the French Cup final, the tests performed today showed a high detachment of the anterior cruciate ligament with posterolateral sprain".

Any fears that Alves would miss out on Russian Federation 2018 have been allayed, however, as the right-back could be back before the end of the month, with Brazil's next friendly against Croatia coming on June 3.

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They said he will require "at least three weeks of treatment before reassessing the need for surgery". Alves, who has been capped 107 times for Brazil, had been considered a certainty for selection.

Three right-backs will now fight for two places in Tite's 23-man squad: Danilo of Manchester City, Rafinha of Bayern Munich, and Fágner of Corinthians, the club that Tite previously managed.

The five-time winners of the football's biggest tournament will begin their campaign in Russian Federation against Switzerland on June 17. Serbia and Costa Rica are also in their group.

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