Neymar will miss the next Brazilian national team Globalism On Friday, the team doctor said that the cup match is against Switzerland, and he may not play in the Grup stage at all, after he suffered an ankle ligament injury in his country’s victory over Serbia in the opening match.
The Paris Saint-Germain striker was seen suffering from swelling in the ankle after being substituted during the 2-0 victory over Serbia, and doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said in a video clip that he had suffered “collateral ligament damage.”
The 30-year-old PSG tried to keep going but was substituted with about 10 minutes left, shortly after Richarlison scored his second goal to secure victory for Brazil.
Neymar was seen limping severely after the match in Doha, and pictures showed swelling in his right ankle.
Brazil’s next match will be against Switzerland on Monday, and the last match in Group G will be against Cameroon next Friday.
Aside from Neymar, Danilo will also miss Brazil’s remaining World Cup matches against Switzerland and Cameroon after picking up the injury in their opening 2-0 win over Serbia.
He told reporters, “Neymar and Danilo had an MRI on Friday afternoon and we found damage to the ligaments in their ankles. They will miss the next match for sure and we will be careful because they will undergo treatment in order to try to get them in good condition so that they can play again in the World Cup.”
Neymar’s career has been riddled with injuries that have affected two World Cups.
In 2014 he suffered a broken bone in his back in the quarter-final win over Colombia, which meant he was sidelined when the hosts were thrashed 7-1 by Germany in the semi-finals, losing 7-1.
Four years later, he raced to recover from injury in time for the tournament in Russia, but Brazil fell short of the expected heights before losing to Belgium in the quarter-finals.
The former Barcelona star, who won 122 international matches with the Brazil national team, also missed the 2019 Copa America after suffering a ligament tear in his right ankle.
In 2021, Neymar missed about 10 weeks of the French season after suffering ligament damage in his left ankle.
This time he got fit and fired football in Qatar after a great start to the season with Paris Saint-Germain, scoring 15 goals in 20 matches.
Neymar needs just two goals to equal Pele’s record of 77 goals for the South American nation.
Brazil boast an impressive array of attacking talent including Rafinha, Richarlison and Vinicius Jr. They managed to bring Rodrygo and Gabriel Jesus on the bench against Serbia.
But Neymar, who is playing in his third and possibly last World Cup, is the player who makes the team rush.
(with iputs from agencies)
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