Brazil's Dani Alves suffers injury blow ahead of FIFA World Cup

Brazil's Dani Alves suffers injury blow ahead of FIFA World Cup

Dani Alves has been ruled out of the summer's World Cup after the Brazil right-back suffered cruciate damage to his knee in the French Cup final.

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.

The 26-year-old has been out of action since breaking a bone in his right foot on February 25 and had surgery the following month, leaving Brazil fans sweating on their key player's fitness ahead of the World Cup which starts on June 14.

Under Tite's command, the Brazilian national team has thus far completed 1,795 minutes of playing time with Daniel Alves participating in over 1,300 of those or, put simply, 73% of all matches since the charismatic coach took over from Dunga.

"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".

Lasmar and CBF coordinator Edu Gaspar were expected to talk about the decision later Friday in Paris.

"We will not miss only Dani as a player". "But he told us to take some positive energy, he doesn't want people to be upset for him".

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

Brazil will announce its squad on Monday in Rio de Janeiro.

The five-time World Cup champions will begin their campaign in Russia against Switzerland on June 17.