LUSAIL, Qatar – Neymar was pictured in tears on the Brazil bench after leaving his group’s 2-0 win over Serbia to kick off his World Cup marketing campaign in Qatar on Thursday after choosing up an harm to his proper ankle.
Brazil, who’re profitable their sixth World Cup title, will now have to attend between 24 and 48 hours to seek out out whether or not Neymar will play once more on this yr’s match, group docs stated.
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Neymar was on the heart of an electrical assault for Brazil when the Tottenham striker Richarlison scored twice – together with a shocking second – however the choice now face just a few nervous days as they await extra information on their star participant’s bodily situation.
The Brazilian ahead was fouled 9 instances by a Serbian bodily facet and was changed by Antony within the eightieth minute after spending a while on the sphere on the Lusail Iconic Stadium after a tough sort out by Nikola Milenkovic.
Neymar was handled with ice packs by the group’s trainers on the bench and was seen limping in the direction of the Brazil locker room after the win.
In an announcement to the press on the finish of the match, the physician of the Brazilian group, Rodrigo Lasmar, stated that it’s nonetheless too early to evaluate the seriousness of Neymar’s harm.
“Neymar had an harm to his proper ankle, direct trauma,” stated Lasmar. “As a result of influence of the Serbian participant’s knee, we began rapid remedy on the bench.
“He continues with physiotherapy, however now he has to attend 24 to 48 hours for a greater analysis. There isn’t any MRI scheduled, however tomorrow we’ll do a brand new analysis. We have to wait and can’t make untimely feedback.
“He was in that ache your complete recreation, however selected to remain on the sphere to assist his group for 11 minutes after the harm. It is exceptional that he did that.”
When requested if he had a alternative in thoughts, nonetheless, Brazil coach Tite stated he nonetheless believed Neymar would return to play in Qatar.
“He stayed within the two targets we scored regardless that he was feeling the ankle harm as a result of the group wanted him,” stated Tite after the match. “On the 2 probabilities and the prospect he had, which [was decisive], your capability to beat ache. In each targets he was already feeling it.
“You’ll be able to ensure that Neymar will play within the World Cup. I’m completely certain of that. He’ll play within the World Cup.”
The 30-year-old was visibly distressed as he walked to the substitutes’ bench and gave the impression to be in tears earlier than protecting his face along with his shirt.
Though there’s nonetheless no definitive prognosis on the extent of his harm, the anxious await a prognosis is harking back to the harm that compelled Neymar to depart Brazil 2014, when a fractured vertebra after a sort out by Colombian Camilo Zuniga ended his competitors within the quarterfinals.
There may be additionally concern amongst Neymar’s teammates about his health, with Antony saying: “It is a concern, is not it? However we nonetheless do not know what occurred. We all know how vital he’s, just like the star that he’s.”
Neymar has but to win a serious title with the nationwide group, though he did assist Brazil win the 2013 Confederations Cup and its first Olympic gold medal on the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Video games.
With 75 targets for the nationwide group, he’s two of Pelé’s objective report.
Data from the Related Press was used for this story.