Tite sends ‘big hug’ to injured full-back Dani Alves

Brazil coach Tite has sent a “big hug” to injured full-back Dani Alves after losing him from his World Cup squad.

Paris Saint-Germain right-back Alves was expected to start for Brazil in Russia but suffered a cruciate ligament injury in the Coupe de France victory over Les Herbiers.

Alves had been suggested as a possible captain for Brazil at the World Cup. However, while Tite sympathises with the 35-year-old’s plight, the coach says being without the veteran will not affect his job.

“I trust Dani Alves and would like to take this moment to send him a big hug from the bottom of my heart,” Tite told reporters as he announced his squad.

“The first phone call I had, he told me how it felt good to have a good environment to work at. He didn’t speak about himself.

“He’s a guy with an enormous heart and such bravery. In human terms, my choices were interfered by things like this but I could assess technical, tactical, physical and emotional details when I thought of my list.

“It doesn’t help me to cry for players who won’t play with us. My job is to prepare the squad.”

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