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Dani Alves ruled out of the World Cup with a knee ligament injury

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Brazil international Dani Alves has been ruled out of the 2018 World Cup in Russia with a knee ligament injury, the Brazilian Football Confederation has confirmed.

Alves, 35, was taken off with a knee injury on Tuesday during his team’s 2-0 win over Les Herbiers in the Coupe de France final. 

A spokesman for Alves claimed he would need ‘at least three weeks’ to recover from the knock but reports in South America now claim he will not be able to travel to Russia at all.

The statement read: “Last Thursday [May 10], Brazilian national team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar and coordinator Edu Gaspar arrived in Paris for an in-depth follow-up of the medical situation which occurred in the Coupe de France final with Paris Saint-Germain right-back, Daniel Alves.

“As it has been since the beginning of the work, the technical committee has created an important relationship with the teams from Brazil and abroad, which allows for technical, physical and clinical follow-ups […] as well as participation in decision-making.

“Following this line of work together, the patient underwent a detailed examination and confirmed the initial diagnosis of an anterior cruciate ligament injury, which required surgical treatment.

“Exhausted all the alternatives of recovery within the term, the call up of Daniel Alves was found impossible for the period of preparation, friendlies and, consequently, for the World Cup.

“The technical team of the Brazilian national team feels for the event and wishes Daniel Alves a prompt recovery so that his technique, commitment and leadership are back at the service of the national team as soon as possible.”

According to Fox Sports Brasil, Tite is drawing up a list of potential replacements before he names his 23-man squad for the finals in Russia on Monday.

Corinthians right back Fagner was in the squad for friendlies against Russia and Germany in March while Manchester City’s Danilo will be among the contenders to replace him.

Alves has 107 caps for Brazil and looked set to play a major part for his country once again this summer.

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