Pumas claim that Alves has a knee injury, but the player denies it

2022-09-30 16:17

Pumas claim that Alves has a knee injury, but the player denies it

Mexican club Pumas claimed on Thursday that Brazilian defender Dani Alves, 39, had suffered a right knee injury, which the player immediately denied. The club subsequently deleted the message.

According to Pumas' initial injury report, Alves suffered a medial collateral ligament injury in his right knee, with recovery times ranging from at least six weeks to as many as four months -- depending on the extent of the ligament damage. If the news is determined to be true, it means that Alves may miss the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

However, Pumas' injury update on Alves was publicly refuted by the player himself. Shortly after the news broke, Alves immediately denied it via Twitter: "I don't think the person who wrote this (Pumas's life) was told the truth. I don't have any injuries."

"During training, on the eve of the away game, Diogo, my friend Diogo, a Brazilian who played with me, hit me in the last training session. We decided not to play the last game as a precaution. We have to fight for a bigger goal, so I made this decision. But thank God, everything is fine, everything is calm," he concluded.

Alves, 39, is favored by Brazil boss Tite and is almost certain to be included in the World Cup squad. So far this season, he has always maintained a good competitive state, sending 4 assists for the Cougars in 12 games in all competitions.