Brazil's Dani Alves ruled out of 2018 World Cup

Alves out of World Cup as Neymar nears return

Alves out of World Cup as Neymar nears return

"Everyone came to celebrate the cup win, and I never want to show any negative emotion about my teammates, because if you know Dani Alves, you know that I am always a happy son of a bitch".

A Brazilian superstar has become the latest player to be ruled out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation due to injury.

"In the changing room, the PSG doctors told me that we would have to wait until the next day to get the results of some tests, but I knew in my heart that it was over". I don't want anyone to feel sorry for me, I've lived my dreams.

Corinthians right back Fagner has been cleared by Brazil's football confederation to play in the World Cup in Russian Federation.

After sweeping aside South American opponents in the World Cup qualifiers, Brazil are seen as one of the favourites at the World Cup. "I don't consider myself a veteran".

The 35 year will require surgery and there is no chance of him getting fit in time for the tournament which kicks off in mid June.

"I am so sad to hear this", the 77-year-old tweeted. Who knows, maybe when the 2022 World Cup comes around, I will still be competing for a place on the team. My body will be 39, but my spirit will have only turned 17.

National team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar told reporters on Saturday that Neymar should be back in time for the first of Brazil's two warm-up friendlies on 3 June.

Neymar fitness. Brazil dominated South American qualifying, but it chances in Russian Federation will likely depend on the fitness of Neymar, who has been recovering from foot surgery in March.

That three-week period would make him fit just in time for the beginning of the tournament in Russian Federation, with Brazil's first game coming on June 17 against Switzerland.

Marcelo, Casemiro and Firmino will join Brazil for preparations in London only after Real Madrid and Liverpool play the Champions League final on May 26.

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