Neymar is out of Brazil’s next two World Cup games with an ankle sprain, the national team doctor has confirmed.
The talismanic PSG forward will be joined on the sidelines for the remaining group games by Juventus right-back Danilo.
Neymar left Brazil’s opening 2-0 win over Serbia in the 80th minute on Thursday night and was later photographed with a very swollen-looking ankle, while Danilo suffered a similar injury.
“Neymar and Danilo went through a MRI on Friday afternoon and we found ligament damage in the ankle of both of them,” said Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar.
“It is important to be calm and evaluate day by day. The idea is to recover them for the rest of the competition.”
While the injury will keep Neymar out of Brazil’s remaining Group G matches against Switzerland and Cameroon, it is hoped he will be fit to return if they make the last 16.
That looks likely to be a formality for the tournament favourites, who put in a sublime second-half display against Serbia at the Lusail Stadium, where Tottenham’s Richarlison bagged a brace.
Neymar had a rough night against Serbia, and was fouled nine times before going down with an ankle injury.
He initially continued before being substituted but he looked close to tears on the bench amid fears his World Cup would be over.