Brazil face anxious wait on Neymar injury after World Cup opener


    Mandatory Credit: Photo by John Patrick Fletcher/Action Plus/Shutterstock (13636002an) Neymar of Brazil sitting on the pitch injured who was then substututed off; Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail, Qatar; FIFA World Cup Football, Brazil versus Serbia. Brazil v Serbia, FIFA World Cup 2022, Group G, Football, Lusail Stadium, Al Daayen, Qatar - 24 Nov 2022
    Neymar could miss Brazil’s next World Cup game with an ankle injury (Shutterstock)

    Brazil face an anxious wait over Neymar’s injury following their 2-0 victory over Serbia at the World Cup.

    Richarlison’s double has given Brazil the perfect start in Group G but the South American nation could now be without their talisman after Neymar was forced off in the second half.

    The 30-year-old, who was fouled nine times during the game, suffered a sprain to his right ankle but continued to play for another 12 minutes before leaving the field.

    As he was being treated by physios, Neymar could be seen in tears as he sat on the bench while he was consoled by his Brazil teammates.

    Neymar was also seen visibly limping as he made his way to Brazil’s dressing room, while pitchside photographers were able to capture the immediate swelling to the forward’s right ankle.

    Neymar is now in a race to be fit for Brazil’s second game in Group G against Switzerland on Monday.

    Editorial Use Only Mandatory Credit: Photo by Kieran McManus/Shutterstock (13626509bo) Neymar of Brazil is fouled by Nikola Milenkovic of Serbia leaving him in tears on the bench Brazil v Serbia, FIFA World Cup 2022, Group G, Football, Lusail Stadium, Al Daayen, Qatar - 24 Nov 2022
    Neymar’s ankle was twisted during a challenge in the second half (Shutterstock)
    LUSAIL CITY, QATAR - NOVEMBER 24: Neymar of Brazil reacts during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group G match between Brazil and Serbia at Lusail Stadium on November 24, 2022 in Lusail City, Qatar. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)
    Neymar was in tears on Brazil’s bench (Getty)

    ‘He’s just sprained his right ankle and it’s already swollen a little,’ Brazil’s team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said after the game.

    ‘It is important to see how he will respond. We have already started the treatment and we need to be calm and patient.’

    Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Group G - Brazil v Serbia - Lusail Stadium, Lusail, Qatar - November 24, 2022 Brazil's Neymar is pictured after the match REUTERS/Molly Darlington
    Neymar was visibly limping as he made his way back to Brazil’s dressing room (Reuters)
    Picture of the swollen ankle of Brazil's forward #10 Neymar taken as he leaves the field at the end of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group G football match between Brazil and Serbia at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, north of Doha on November 24, 2022. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP) (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images)
    Immediate swelling could be seen on Neymar’s right ankle(AFP via Getty)

    When asked if Neymar’s World Cup is in doubt, Lasmar said: ‘It’s too early to say.

    ‘You have to be calm to define how the evolution will be.’

    However, Brazil head coach Tite was more upbeat when asked about the severity of Neymar’s injury.

    ‘You can be sure of this, Neymar will play in the World Cup,’ said Tite.

    ‘You can be absolutely sure of this, Neymar will play in the World Cup!’

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