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Dani Alves Suffers Major Injury Blow Ahead Of 2018 FIFA World Cup



PSG right-back Dani Alves will be sidelined by a knee injury for at least three weeks and will face a race against time to represent Brazil at the World Cup.

Dani Alves was injured in the 80th minute of Tuesday’s Coupe de France final win over Les Herbiers and replaced six minutes later, but he was able to pose with his teammates for the photograph with the trophy after the match.

Dani Alves is expected to need up to three weeks before a decision can be made over surgery.

That will leave Alves just two and a half weeks to get back to full fitness ahead of Brazil’s first game in Russia, against Switzerland on June 17.

Brazil coach Tite will name his World Cup squad on Monday, with Alves still expected to feature — at least initially — but his actual involvement is now uncertain.

“Following Daniel 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,” the statement said. “His condition requires a minimum of three weeks of care before re-evaluation. “

PSG later issued an official injury update, confirming the accuracy of the statement made by Alves’ spokesman.

Speaking after to Coupe de France final, Alves’ club and international teammate Marquinhos said: “I didn’t ask [how he was] because we were in the euphoria of winning the title. Once we rest a little, we shall see how he is, but I saw him walking well.”

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