FIFA World Cup 2018: Brazil's Dani Alves ruled out with injury

PSG's Brazil defender Alves out for at least three weeks
Brazil right-back Dani Alves given World Cup injury boost

12 May, 2018

Paris Saint-Germain right-back Dani Alves has been ruled out of the FIFA World Cup due to a knee injury, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said on Friday.

PSG issued a statement of their own, adding that club and Brazil medical staff have agreed surgery is the best option for Alves.

Lastly, of the three hopefuls vying for the second of just two vacancies, Rafinha has played slightly more than Danilo at 115 minutes or 6.4% of total game time across two friendlies - as a substitute against Argentina and a starter against Australia - but has relinquished his once guaranteed first-team status to the formidable rise of Joshua Kimmich at Bayern Munich, where he has been for seven Bundesliga campaigns.

The 35-year-old was injured in PSG's 2-0 Coupe de France final win over Les Herbiers and the decision was taken to almost immediately go under the knife.

"He was upset when he heard (about missing the World Cup), but he immediately turned the page and started thinking of his recovery", Lasmar said.

Meanwhile, reports coming from the south American country claim the defender will not be able to travel to Russia at all. "We lost a leader, a champion", Gaspar said.

However, the former Barcelona's spokesman was quoted saying his client will need 'at least three weeks' to recover from the knock.

Danilo of Manchester City and Fagner of Corinthians are among the players most likely to replace him.

On Monday, Tite will name his Brazil squad for World Cup 2018.

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