Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos has sent a supportive message to Manchester United loanee Alex Telles after the fellow left-back suffered a World Cup ending injury.
The 29-year-old suffered an injury to his right knee after landing awkwardly during Brazil’s 1-0 defeat to Cameroon on Friday night.
Telles, who is currently in the midst of a season-long loan at La Liga giants Sevilla, was handed his first World Cup start by Selecao boss Tite against Les Lions Indomitables.
The former Porto full-back came off the bench to make his World Cup debut in the dying minutes against Switzerland.
With Juventus left-back Alex Sandro recovering from an injury of his own, Telles had the opportunity to impress and stake his claim for further minutes in the knockout stages.
Roberto Carlos sends message to Alex Telles after suffering World Cup ending injury
But after suffering an injury, Telles, who was signed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from Porto in October 2020, was in tears after being replaced by Marquinhos in the 54th minute.
It seemed that Telles knew his participation in the 2022 World Cup was all but over from the moment he picked up the injury.
Like Arsenal’s Gabriel Jesus, who also suffered an injury against Cameroon, Telles will play no further part in the Selecao’s hunt for a sixth World Cup.
However, while both Jesus and Telles have suffered injuries to their right knee, Telles’ injury is “more serious” and while it’s still too early to be 100% sure, he may need surgery, according to Brazilian news outlet Globo.
But according to Sport TV via SB Nation, the former Manchester City striker could miss up to three months of action, which is a massive blow for the Gunners who sit top of the Premier League.
No details have yet been released regarding Telles’ injury timeframe.
But alongside Neymar and several Manchester United players, Telles has received a supportive message from Roberto Carlos following his World Cup heartbreak.
Carlos, who was part of the star-studded Brazil side that last won the World Cup in 2002, is considered one of the greatest if not the best left-back of all time.
The 49-year-old responded to Telles’ emotional Instagram post with a 19-word message for his compatriot.
The message said: “I wish you a quick recovery my boy. Leave the rest in God’s hands, he knows what he does.”