Brazil defender Alves out of World Cup with knee injury — Soccer

Dani Alves injured his anterior cruciate ligament on Tuesday

Dani Alves injured his anterior cruciate ligament on Tuesday

Brazil have suffered a blow with a month to go until the World Cup with the news that Dani Alves will miss the tournament due to a knee injury.

Paris Saint-Germain's Brazil right-back Dani Alves is suffering from a ligament injury in his right knee - picked up as Paris beat minnows Les Herbiers to the Coupe de France title on Tuesday.

The report according to the Brazil Newspaper says Rodrigo Lasmar and the team's co-ordinator Edu Gaspar arrived in Paris on Thursday and spent about four hours meeting with Alves and PSG doctors at the club's training centre.

Alves has been a key figure for Brazil of late and was expected to start in their defence in Russia.

"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".

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.

The five-time champions will then play Costa Rica and Serbia.

Fagner has been recovering since April 29 from a thigh injury, and will be examined by Lasmar this weekend.

Former Brazil player Junior believed Danilo was the most likely replacement. "However, the rest period required is incompatible with the constraints of optimal preparation for the coming World Cup".

Brazil's first game in Russia will be on June 17 against Switzerland.

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