Paris Saint-Germain right-back Daniel Alves has been ruled out of this summers World Cup in Russia after picking up a knee injury during the French Cup Final victory.
The Brazilian Football Confederation twitter account confirmed the knee injury picked up by Alves during the 2-0 win over Les Herbiers in the French Cup Final will rule him out of this summers World Cup.
Alves, who signed for Paris Saint-Germain during the last summer transfer window has played 41 times for the Qatari owned club this season. He has been a key member of the team that won the French treble this season.
The news comes as a massive blow as the injury comes near the end of the season, giving the player no time to make a recovery in time for the showpiece event next month.
Capped 104 times for Brazil, the 35-year-old former Barcelona and Juventus player played in the 2010 and 2014 World Cup Finals for Brazil. His dream of playing in three back-to-back finals is now over.
The news will give a boost to Manchester City defender Danilo who is the second choice to Alves in the right-back role for Brazil.
Brazil will kick-off their World Cup campaign on June 17th when they take on Switzerland in the Rostov Arena. The other two Group E opponents will be Costa Rica and Serbia, a group they should win with ease.
Tite’s men will be hoping to bring home their 6th World Cup title this summer but will have to do it without the experienced Daniel Alves.