Neymar lies on the pitch throughout Brazil’s opening recreation of the FIFA World Cup in opposition to Serbia on the Lusail Stadium. AP
Doha: Brazil are assured that Neymar will return to guide their bid to win a sixth World Cup regardless of the world’s costliest participant struggling an ankle damage of their opening match in Qatar.
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The Brazil captain got here off late in Thursday’s 2-0 win over Serbia with what was later identified as a sprained ankle and has since been dominated out of their second Group G outing in opposition to Switzerland on Monday.
Doubts have even been raised in some quarters that he would possibly battle to characteristic once more on the match, which finishes with the ultimate in Doha on 18 December.
However defender Marquinhos, who can also be a teammate of the ahead at Paris Saint-Germain, stated Neymar has since been spending his days present process intensive physiotherapy in an try and get well full health as quickly attainable.
“On the time it was troublesome for him and after the sport he was unhappy which I believe is regular given how a lot he has dreamt of this,” centre-back Marquinhos stated at a press convention within the Qatari capital on Sunday.
“Now, after the assessments and the therapy, he’s doing physiotherapy 24 hours a day which exhibits how a lot he needs to be again with us.
“We don’t know when, however we hope it’s as quickly as attainable.”
Brazil coach Tite insisted within the fast aftermath of the win over Serbia that the 30-year-old Neymar would positively play once more on the match, however this time he was quite extra measured when pressed as regards to the celebrity’s health, in addition to that of right-back Danilo.
“I consider that Neymar and Danilo are going to play once more at this World Cup. I do. However medically, clinically, I’m in no place to say something,” he admitted.
“I’ll hold doing so, not only for Neymar but in addition Danilo. I consider we’re going to have the ability to use them once more.”
A Brazil win in opposition to Switzerland at Doha’s Stadium 974 may very well be sufficient for them to safe a spot within the final 16 with one group recreation to spare, relying on the results of the sooner Group G match between Cameroon and Serbia.
They might then play a last-16 tie on both 5 or 6 December.
Dani Alves to play?
Danilo, the 31-year-old Juventus full-back, additionally suffered an ankle damage in opposition to Serbia and is anticipated to get replaced in opposition to the Swiss by both Actual Madrid’s Eder Militao or the 39-year-old Dani Alves.
But it’s the damage to Neymar that dominates all of the speak in Brazil, a rustic which has develop into used to hanging on the health of its artistic inspiration on the World Cup.
In 2014 he suffered a fractured bone in his again as Brazil beat Colombia within the quarter-finals and so missed the semi-final because the host nation went down 7-1 to Germany.
4 years in the past he needed to race to be slot in time for the World Cup in Russia and his impression on the match was restricted because the Selecao misplaced within the quarter-finals to Belgium.
This time he’s the chief of a Brazil facet that’s however filled with high quality in assault and who received their opening recreation due to a brace from the Tottenham Hostpur ahead Richarlison.
“Clearly we wished to have Neymar and Danilo. The coach wished all 26 gamers obtainable for the World Cup. However we’re prepared and assured that we are able to present how sturdy the squad is, that we’re nicely educated and prepared for regardless of the match throws at us,” stated Marquinhos.
“In a World Cup the crew that begins the match shouldn’t be all the time the crew that finishes it, due to accidents or as a result of some are taking part in higher than others.
“Everybody has an necessary position to play.”
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