After picking up a knee injury in Paris Saint-Germain's 2-0 Coupe de France win over Les Herbiers on Tuesday, Brazil right-back Dani Alves will be out of action for three weeks - with the World Cup in Russia set to kick off in a month.
The Brazilian national team confirmed that he will be unavailable for the tournament on its Instagram account on Friday, dealing one of the favorites a massive blow just over a month before the competition begins in Russia.
The day after the injury, a Brazil spokesman told ESPN Brasil: "Following Dani 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".
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"We have to wait a little longer but a decision should be made by the end of the week and will depend on our analysis of clinical exams and images".
The former Barcelona and Juventus full-back has 106 caps for Brazil and has started seven of their last eight games. He wanted to know what he needed to do to play in the same condition he was before. "However, the rest period required is incompatible with the constraints of optimal preparation for the coming World Cup".
"The technical team of the Brazilian National Team wishes Daniel Alves a prompt recovery so that his technique and leadership is back for the Amarelinha as soon as possible".
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He was a FIFA World Youth Champion with Brazil in 2003.
He also played in the World Cup in 2014, when hosts Brazil infamously lost 7-1 in the semifinals to Germany.
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