Neymar is expected to miss Brazil’s next two World Cup games with an ankle sprain.
The talismanic Paris Saint-Germain forward will be joined on the sidelines by Juventus right-back Danilo, with both not expected to feature in the rest of the group stage campaign.
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.”
The injury will definitely keep Neymar out of Brazil’s next Group G match against Switzerland on Monday.
It is antcipated he will also not be ready to face Cameroon next Friday, but 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.
Speaking about the injury, he said: “The pride and love I feel for wearing the shirt has no explanation.
“If God gave me the opportunity to choose a country to be born, it would be BRAZIL.”
Speaking about the injury, Neymar said: “The pride and love I feel for wearing the shirt has no explanation. If God gave me the opportunity to choose a country to be born, it would be BRAZIL.
“Nothing in my life was given or easy i always had to chase my dreams and my goals. Never wishing evil on anyone, but helping those in need.
“Today has become one of the hardest moments in my career… and again in a World Cup.
“I have an injury yes, it’s boring, it’s going to hurt but I’m sure I’ll have the chance to come back because I will do my best to help my country, my teammates and myself.
“Long time to wait for the enemy to knock me down like this? N E V E R ! I am a CHILD OF THE IMPOSSIBLE GOD and my FAITH is endless.”
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.
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