Breaking: Dani Alves ruled out of World Cup

Brazil defender Dani Alves has been ruled out of the World Cup in Russia, according to the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF).

Alves, 35, sutained an anterior cruciate ligament injury during Paris Saint-Germain’s Coupe de France final win on Tuesday night.

The former Barcelona and Sevilla defender, who has won 107 caps for his country, will need surgery on the injury and has now been ruled out of this summer’s tournament in Russia after being assessed by the Brazilian medical team.

A statement released to the effect on Friday read: “The patient underwent close examination and confirmed the initial diagnosis of anterior cruciate ligament injury, which will require surgical treatment.

“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.”

The 2018 Russia World Cup kicks off on June 15, with Brazil’s first group game two days after the opening match against Switzerland.

Alves’ injury comes as a major blow to the Selecao as they could also be without PSG star forward Neymar, who faces a race against time to be fit for the Mundial after breaking a bone in his foot in February.

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