Dani Alves Faces World Cup Fitness Race
Brazil right-back Dani Alves is facing a race against time to be fit for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
The Paris Saint Germain right-back injured his knee during his club’s French Cup final against Les Herbiers, coming off four minutes from the end as PSG won 2-0.
In a statement, the Ligue 1 champions said Alves will require “at least three weeks of treatment before reassessing the need for surgery.”
The 35-year old has damaged his anterior cruciate ligament, but the extent of the damage is not yet known. At 35, this will almost certainly be his last World Cup.
Brazil’s campaign begins on June 17 against Switzerland in Rostov and coach Tite must make a decision on the player’s inclusion soon.
His back-up is Corinthians right-back Fágner, who is inexperienced at international level. Alternatively, Filipe Luis can play at right-back but he too is currently injured.