Brazil’s preparations for Friday’s World Cup quarter-final against Belgium have been dealt a blow as full-back Danilo has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament due to an ankle ligament injury.
The Manchester City defender had started Brazil’s opening match of the tournament against Switzerland after emerging as Tite’s first choice right-back following the injury that ruled Dani Alves out of the competition before it began.
However, Corinthians star Fagner has been preferred during the rest of the tournament and that looks set to continue following the news that Danilo suffered ankle ligament damage in training and has, therefore, been ruled out of the rest of the competition.
A statement published on Brazil’s official website read: “Right-back Danilo suffered a ligament injury in his left ankle after sprains in training this Thursday in Kazan.
“Accompanied by the doctor of the Brazilian national team, Rodrigo Lasmar, the player performed image tests that confirmed the injury and he does not have sufficient time of recovery in the period of dispute of the World Cup.
Danilo will remain with the Brazil squad for the duration of the tournament, however, as the Selecao go in search of a sixth World Cup.
One of the teams standing in Brazil’s way is Belgium, with the two sides set to go head-to-head in the last eight on Friday.
Brazil are priced at 1.53 to book their place in the semi-finals come the end of that match, while Belgium are available at 2.45 to make it through to the last four for the first time since 1986.