Another injury for Brazil prior to World Cup as Dani Alves sustains a knee injury
Brazil right-back Dani Alves was seen limping out of the Coup de France final last Tuesday. The 35-year-old apparently sustained a knee injury having had to be substituted in the final minutes of the game. Paris Saint-Germain managed to claim yet another victory over Les Herbiers to secure their 12th win in the French Cup.
A spokesperson for the player on Wednesday stated: “Following Daniel 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.”
“His condition requires a minimum of three weeks of care before re-evaluation.”
However, it can be confirmed by the Brazil national team’s doctor, Rodrigo Lasmar, that following further tests, the former-Barcelona star will not recover in time to participate in Russia this summer.
The coaching staff had to rely on alternatives as it is most likely that Alves will not get the chance to represent the Seleção this time. Brazil head coach, Tite, will announce his 23-man squad for the World Cup on Monday.
The Brazilian Football Confederation said in a statement that his knee injury makes it “impossible to call Dani Alves for the period of preparation, friendlies and, consequently, the World Cup.”
Having the injury so close to the World Cup, he will not have enough time to be able to play the scheduled friendly games against Croatia on June 3 and Austria on June 10.
The Brazilian has 107 appearances for the national team since his 2006 debut.
Alves became the second Brazil defender to sustain an injury, with Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid) still recovering from a broken leg he sustained back in March.
All is not lost for Tite, as it is likely that Neymar will return to France to deem he is fit following a broken foot which prevented him from playing since February. The PSG forward has a final examination which would deem him fit to play again on May 17.
Brazil’s first game in Russia will be on June 17 against Switzerland.