Neymar injured his ankle during Brazil’s match against Serbia at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar on Friday, November 25, leaving Richarlison de Andrade to handle the offensive.
The roughness of the Serbians caused Neymar, 30, to receive nine fouls before going down in the 80th minute. After being hit severely by his opponent Nikola Milenkovic, Brazil was forced to substitute Antony Matheus dos Santos.
There might be an upset over OKBET’s sports betting. However, Brazil was triumphant over their opponent, winning 2-0.
The team trainers then applied cold packs to Neymar’s injured ankle. After the victory, the Brazillian forward walked with a limp to the Brazil team’s locker room.
Team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said that Neymar is still under observation. They will determine its severity between 24 and 48 hours.
“Neymar has an injury on his right ankle, a direct trauma. Due to the impact from the knee of the Serbian player, we started immediate treatment on the bench,” he said during an interview with the media.
The doctor added, “He continues with the physio but now needs to wait 24 to 48 hours for a better assessment. There is no MRI scan scheduled, but tomorrow we will make a new assessment. We need to wait and cannot make any premature comments.”
In the previous season, Neymar could not play 12 games due to an ankle injury.
Neymar injured? Nothing to worry about, says coach
Neymar will play for the duration of the series despite his injury, according to Brazil’s head coach Tite. He was confident his player would persevere and help them get the sixth World Cup trophy.
“He stayed for the two goals we scored, even feeling his ankle injury because the team needed him. In the two chances and the chance he was in, which [was decisive], his ability to overcome pain. In both goals, he was already feeling it.
“You can be sure that Neymar will play [in] the World Cup. I am absolutely sure about that. He will play in the World Cup,” Tite said after the match.
Brazil will face Switzerland on Monday, November 28, before going up against Cameroon for their final group stage match next Friday, December 2.
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