Brazil Dealt World Cup Blow As Injured Alves Is Ruled Out

Paris Saint-Germain defender Dani Alves has been ruled out of Brazil’s squad to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) confirmed on Friday that tests conducted by the Brazil national team’s doctor, Rodrigo Lasmar, confirmed that the former Barcelona star will not recover in time to represent his country this summer in Russia after suffering an injury while playing for PSG.

“Close examinations confirmed the initial diagnosis of an anterior cruciate ligament injury, requiring surgical treatment,” a statement read on the Brazil Football Federation website on Friday.

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“Considering the alternative recovery options within the timeframe, it confirmed the impossibility of calling Daniel Alves up for the period of preparation, friendlies and the World Cup.”

Alves, 35, becomes the second Brazil defender to suffer a serious injury in the build-up to the tournament, after Filipe Luis who suffered a broken leg while playing for Atletico Madrid back in March.

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