Brazil right back Alves out of World Cup after knee injury

Rex Christensen
May 15, 2018

Alves has played 107 times for Brazil since making his debut in 2006 and looked a certain starter for Tite's team at the World Cup finals in Russian Federation where Brazil are grouped with Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia.

Alves, 35, has more than 100 caps and is one of the squad's all-time great veterans.

Brazil have announced their 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup as they look ahead to a trip to Russian Federation next month.

On Friday, Brazil's medical staff said Alves would need surgery, confirming the defender's worst fears less than a month before football's flagship tournament begins. I have lived my dreams. I only cried once, when I was alone, and let me tell you something: I don't want anyone to cry for me.

Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian defender Daniel Alves has been ruled out of the World Cup. "I am really sorry for him", said Emery.

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Alves, who has represented Brazil over 100 times, injured his cruciate ligament in his right knee during PSG's French Cup win over Les Herbiers on Tuesday.

"Everyone came to celebrate the cup win, and I never want to show any negative emotion about my teammates, because if you know Dani Alves, you know that I am always a happy son of a bitch". I only cried one time, when I was by myself.

Brazil starts its World Cup campaign against Switzerland on June 17, followed by Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E.

Neymar should be able to "regain match fitness" when he takes part in friendlies against Croatia on June 3 and Austria on June 10, Lasmar said.

But it seems coaching staff could well be preparing for alternatives to try and get Alves' fitness back, who now looks set to miss out on a place in the squad, which gets announced on Monday.

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