Danilo out of World Cup due to ankle injury

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An ankle injury will see the Man City defender miss the rest of the tournament for the Selecao, who are preparing for a quarter-final against Belgium

Brazil defender Danilo has been ruled out for the rest of the World Cup due to an ankle injury.

The Manchester City full-back featured just once for Tite's men in Russia, playing in his team's draw with Switzerland in their opening game.

But a left ankle injury means Danilo, 26, will miss the rest of the tournament, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) confirmed late on Thursday.

"Danilo suffered a left ankle injury and will not have time to recover until the end of the cup," the CBF said in a statement.

"In conversation with the commission, he will remain with the team in Russia. We cheer for your recovery."

Brazil are favourites to win the World Cup ahead of their quarter-final against Belgium in Kazan on Friday.

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The right-back position, however, has been a constant source of grief for coach Tite since even before the World Cup began. 

Starting full-back Dani Alves was laid low in May from a knee injury incurred in PSG's Coupe de France victory over Les Herbiers. 

And after Danilo's injury third-choice Fagner, who plies his trade for Tite's old club Corinthians, has been propelled into a starting position.