Neymar Jr clutches his proper ankle throughout Brazil’s opening recreation of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in opposition to Serbia on the Lusail Stadium. AP
Doha: Neymar will miss Brazil’s second World Cup match however will stay with the squad present process therapy for his ankle harm, the workforce physician mentioned Friday.
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Rodrigo Lasmar mentioned exams carried out on his proper ankle confirmed that Neymar has a ligament harm and won’t be match to play in opposition to Switzerland on Monday.
“It’s vital to stay calm, an analysis will likely be carried out day by day so we will have extra info and take essentially the most applicable selections,” Lasmar mentioned, including that “the purpose is to have him recuperate” in time to nonetheless play within the match.
Lasmar didn’t give a timetable for Neymar’s restoration. He mentioned the scenario of defender Danilo, who has a left ankle harm, was much like Neymar’s and he would additionally miss the sport in opposition to Switzerland.
Neymar was receiving therapy on the workforce’s lodge Friday after getting injured within the 2-0 win in opposition to Serbia in Brazil’s opener.
The Paris Saint-Germain striker sprained his ankle within the second half of a bruising match in opposition to Serbia on Thursday. He was in tears whereas sitting on the bench with ice round his ankle and limped off the sphere on his technique to the locker room.
“Troublesome recreation, nevertheless it was vital to win,” Neymar mentioned on his social media accounts not lengthy after he left Lusail Stadium with out speaking to the media. “Congratulations workforce, first step taken. Six extra to go.”
In an Instagram story after the match, Neymar posted a textual content that talked about the necessity to “have religion.”
“It’s about believing that every little thing will likely be OK regardless of the chaos. It’s the knowledge that the most effective is but to come back. It’s understanding that every little thing has its personal timing,” the textual content mentioned.
Brazil coach Tite had already expressed optimism about Neymar’s situation.
“You may ensure that Neymar will nonetheless play on this World Cup,” he mentioned after the match. “I’m sure about that.”
Neymar was substituted within the 79th minute, about 10 minutes after hurting his ankle whereas being tackled by Serbia defender Nikola Milenković.
Neymar had already been tackled many occasions earlier than in the course of the match, and was seen grimacing and limping a number of different events. He was fouled 9 occasions, essentially the most of all World Cup gamers after the primary spherical of matches within the group stage.
“We’ll stay upbeat, it’s the attribute of this workforce,” Brazil goalkeeper Alisson mentioned. “These antagonistic circumstances will solely make the group stronger.”
The five-time world champions finish their group-stage marketing campaign in opposition to Cameroon on 2 December. Brazil leads Group G together with Switzerland, which opened with a win in opposition to Cameroon.
If Neymar can’t play, his substitute would possible be Rodrygo, who got here in as a second-half substitute in opposition to Serbia on Thursday.
The 30-year-old Neymar was additionally harm on the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, when his match ended with a again harm within the quarter-finals in opposition to Colombia. He needed to be taken off the sphere on a stretcher, and Brazil ended up shedding to Germany 7-1 within the semi-finals.
Neymar’s proper foot has induced him issues previously, being among the many sequence of accidents he suffered because the 2018 World Cup in Russia. One other proper ankle sprain led him to overlook the 2019 Copa América that Brazil received.
Neymar has but to win a serious title with the nationwide workforce. He helped the “Seleção” win the 2013 Confederations Cup and its first Olympic gold medal on the 2016 Rio Video games.
With 75 objectives for the nationwide workforce, he’s two shy of Pelé’s scoring report.
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