Lusail, Qatar — Neymar Brazil appeared on the bench in tears after injuring his right ankle in Thursday’s 2-0 win over Serbia to open the World Cup in Qatar.
Brazil, who are seeking a sixth World Cup trophy, will have to wait 24 to 48 hours to find out if Neymar will play again at this year’s tournament, team doctors said.
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Neymar was part of Brazil’s electric attack as Tottenham striker Richarlison scored twice. Selekau They will face a tense few days as they wait for more news on their star player’s fitness.
The Brazil forward was made nine fouls by the Serbian team throughout the game Antony Lucille spent little time on the field at the iconic stadium following a tough tackle in the 80th minute. Nikola Milenkovic.
Neymar was treated to ice packs by team coaches on the bench and limped towards the Brazil locker room after the win.
In a statement to the media after the match, Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said it was too late to determine the seriousness of Neymar’s injury.
“Neymar has an injury to his right ankle, it’s a direct trauma,” said Lassmar. “Due to the impact on the Serbian player’s knee, we immediately started treatment on the bench.
“He is continuing with physio, but now has to wait 24-48 hours for a better assessment. An MRI scan is not scheduled, but tomorrow we will do a new assessment. We have to wait and cannot make any preconceived comments.
“He felt this pain throughout the game but chose to stay on the pitch to help his team 11 minutes after his injury. It was remarkable that he did this.”
However when asked if he has a replacement in mind, Brazil coach Tide said he still believes Neymar will play again in Qatar.
“He felt his ankle injury because the team needed him for the two goals we scored,” Tide said after the match. “Two opportunities and in the opportunity he was in, this [was decisive], his ability to conquer pain. He had already sensed it in both targets.
“You can be sure that Neymar will play in the World Cup. I am sure of that. He will play in the World Cup.”
The 30-year-old was visibly distressed as he made his way to the substitutes’ bench and appeared in tears before covering his face with his shirt.
While no firm prognosis has yet been made on the extent of his injury, the anxious wait for a diagnosis is a reminder of the injury that ruled Neymar out of Brazil, suffering a broken bone after a challenge from Colombia’s Camilo Zuniga. quarter-final stage.
There are also concerns among his teammates about Neymar’s fitness Antony “It’s a concern, right? But we don’t know what happened. We know how important he is, he’s the star.”
“The most important thing for us is to get him 100% for the next match,” said the Brazil striker. Richardsonwho scored both goals on Thursday.
Despite helping Brazil win its first Olympic gold medal at the 2013 Confederations Cup and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, Neymar has yet to win a major title with the national team.
With 75 goals for the national team, he is two shy First of allyin score record.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this story.
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