Dani Alves gets World Cup boost as knee injury not as bad as feared

Paris Saint-Germain right-back Dani Alves is set to recover from a knee injury in time to represent Brazil at 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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

There had been fears that the 35-year-old would miss the World Cup this summer because of the injury, but a statement from his spokesman to ESPN Brasil said he was only expected to be out for around three weeks.

“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. ”

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.”

Thiago Silva, meanwhile, said he had not yet spoken to Alves yet after the game, “but if it had been something more serious, I am certain you would have already heard,” he said.

Brazil, aiming for a record-extending sixth World Cup triumph, begin their campaign against Switzerland in Rostov-on-Don on June 17, before facing Costa Rica and Serbia in their remaining group-stage matches.

Brazil coach Tite will name his World Cup squad on Monday.

Alves has made 107 appearances for A Canarinho since making his debut in 2006. He was a FIFA World Youth Champion with Brazil in 2003 and has won the Copa America and has twice won the Confederations Cup. He played in the World Cup in 2014, when hosts Brazil infamously lost 7-1 in the semifinals to Germany.

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