Dani Alves, who was to prove a vital cog for the Brazilian squad in the FIFA World Cup 2018, has been ruled out of the tournament in Russia with a knee ligament injury, confirmed the Brazilian Football Federation.
Alves suffered the injury while playing for Paris Saint-Germain in the Coupe de France final against Les Herbiers in the 80th minute. PSG won the match 2-0, thanks to goals from Lo Celso and Cavani, while Alves’ national compatriot Thiago Silva grabbed the spotlight for calling over Les Herbiers skipper Sebastien Flochon to lift the trophy together.
The Brazilian Federation confirmed in their their statement that Alves’ knee injury makes it “impossible to call Dani Alves for the period of preparation, friendlies and, consequently, the World Cup.”
“The patient underwent close examination and confirmed the initial diagnosis of anterior cruciate ligament injury, which will require surgical treatment.”
“The technical team of the Brazilian National Team wishes Dani Alves a prompt recovery so that his technique and leadership is back for the Amarelinha as soon as possible.”
Dani Alves joins Filipe Luis in the list of high-profile Brazilian defenders who miss out on the World Cup. The latter suffered a broken leg while playing for Atletico Madrid back in March.
While Brazil have immense cover for Filipe Luis in the left-back role as Marcelo and Alex Sandro are expected to get the slots, but the right-back position is short of depth and Danilo is expected to start in place of Alves.
The Manchester City defender has disparate opinions among the Brazil faithful, but has been playing well for the already crowned Premier League champions. Rafinha of Bayern Munich or Fagner Lemos of Corinthians is expected to provide cover for Danilo.
On the hand, Neymar still remains doubtful for the World Cup with his metatarsal injury and has reserved doubts over making a comeback from his injury.
Brazil have been drawn against Costa Rica, Serbia and Switzerland in the Group of E of the FIFA tournament which begins in June. As per the world cup schedule, Brazil is set to meet
Switzerland in their first encounter on 17 June.
Alves has 106 caps for Brazil and the 35-year old veteran was guaranteed a starting place had he been fit, having played in the previous two editions of the World Cup.
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