Danilo blow for Brazil after Manchester City defender ruled out for remainder of World Cup by ankle injury
- Right-back suffered a ligament injury in his left ankle during training in Kazan
- Tests confirmed he will not be able to recover in time to play again in tournament
- Brazil take on Belgium in the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Friday
By Ap Reporter
Published: 19:22 EDT, 5 July 2018 | Updated: 19:22 EDT, 5 July 2018
Brazil defender Danilo has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup after injuring his ankle in training.
The Brazilian soccer federation says the Manchester City right-back suffered a ligament injury in his left ankle during the team's training session in Kazan on Thursday, a day before Brazil plays Belgium in the quarter-finals.
The federation said tests confirmed the player will not be able to recover in time to play again during the tournament in Russia.
Brazil right-back Danilo has been ruled out for the remainder of the World Cup
The Manchester City player will remain with the squad.
Danilo played in Brazil's opener against Switzerland but missed the matches against Costa Rica and Serbia because of a right hip injury sustained in training.
He recovered and was available for the 2-0 win against Mexico in the round of 16, but coach Tite kept his replacement, Fagner, in the starting lineup.
The Manchester City defender injured the ankle during training in Kazan on Thursday
Tite said left back Marcelo, who injured his back in the group-stage game against Serbia, will start against Belgium after fully recovering.
Forward Douglas Costa will also be available for the quarterfinal after recovering from a right thigh muscle injury that prevented him from playing against Serbia and Mexico.