Neymar in tears after injury during Brazil’s World Cup win vs Serbia


    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 seen crying on Brazil’s bench as physios examined his injured ankle (Getty)

    Neymar was in tears on Brazil’s bench after he was forced off with an ankle injury during the 2-0 win over Serbia in their World Cup opener on Thursday evening.

    Two goals from Richarlison got Brazil’s World Cup campaign in Qatar off to a flying start, but one of the tournament favourites now face an anxious wait after their talisman was forced off in the closing stages of the second half.

    Neymar was fouled nine times during the game against Serbia – more than any other player on the pitch – and he even played on for 12 minutes after he suffered the challenge which caused the damage to his ankle.

    After being substituted with 10 minutes remaining, Neymar was treated by two physios on the bench but the 30-year-old’s pain was evident as he covered his face with his jersey while he was being consoled by his Brazil teammates.

    After the match, photographers near Brazil’s bench captured the immediate swelling to Neymar’s right ankle.

    Neymar was also seen visibly limping as he made his way back to Brazil’s dressing room.

    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 twisted his ankle 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 consoled by his Brazil teammates in the dugout (Getty)
    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 at the end of the game (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)
    Neymar’s right ankle was immediately swollen (AFP via Getty)
    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)
    Neymar is expected to undergo a scan on his ankle injury (AFP via Getty)

    Speaking after the game, Brazil’s team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar insisted it is too early to determine whether Neymar will miss the rest of the World Cup with his injury.

    ‘He’s just sprained his right ankle and it’s already swollen a little,’ Lasmar said.

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

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

    Brazil, who sit top of Group G after their win against Serbia, are next in action against Switzerland on Monday.

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

    They will then play their final group game next Friday against Cameroon.

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