Neymar named in Brazil's 23-man World Cup squad

Alves out of World Cup as Neymar nears return

Local options. The spotlight will be on the 28-year-old Fagner as a possible choice at right back for Dani Alves, who out the World Cup with a knee injury suffered last week.

Alves, 35, tore his ACL on Tuesday during Paris Saint-Germain's French Cup final victory against Les Herbiers. I knew from the moment that I hit the ground that I was not going to be on the plane to Russian Federation for the World Cup. "Footballers hate missing games but I know first-hand that missing #WorldCup games is the worst feeling".

File image of Brazil's Dani Alves.

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"The patient underwent a detailed examination and confirmed the initial diagnosis of an anterior cruciate ligament injury, which required surgical treatment", the statement said. "Dani Alves will be operated on when the condition of his knee permits". "I am really sorry for him", said Emery.

In his 17-year career, he won his first trophy with boyhood club Esporte Clube de Bahia followed by five at Sevilla, 23 with Barcelona, two at Juventus and four so far at PSG.

Worryingly for Tite, there is no outstanding natural replacement for Alves in the right-back slot.

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According to Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar, Alves will need at least six months to recover from the operation to fix a detached anterior cruciate ligament.

Manchester City's Danilo has been criticised for his displays this season.

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.

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"We need him in the national side too", said clubmate and compatriot Marquinhos. It will assemble at the national training center in Teresopolis on May 21 before heading to London for training a week later.

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