DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Brazil star Neymar underwent exams and was receiving remedy on the group’s lodge Friday after injuring his proper ankle within the 2-0 defeat of Serbia of their World Cup opener. The group didn’t give any element on the extent of his damage.
Neymar sprained his ankle within the second half of a bruising match in opposition to Serbia on Thursday. He was in tears whereas sitting on the bench and after the match limped off the sector on his option to the locker room.
“Troublesome recreation, but it surely was vital to win,” Neymar stated on his social media accounts not lengthy after he left Lusail Stadium with out speaking to the media. “Congratulations group, first step taken. Six extra to go.”
In an Instagram story after the match, Neymar posted a textual content that talked about the necessity to “have religion.”
“It’s about believing that every thing will probably be OK regardless of the chaos. It’s the knowledge that the very best is but to come back. It’s understanding that every thing has its personal timing,” the textual content stated.
Brazil coach Tite had already expressed optimism about Neymar’s situation.
“You possibly can make sure that Neymar will nonetheless play on this World Cup,” he stated after the match. “I’m sure about that.”
Crew physician Rodrigo Lasmar stated after the sport it was too early to know the extent of the damage. He stated they began treating the damage the second Neymar left the sector, and continued after the match.
Neymar was substituted within the 79th minute, about 10 minutes after hurting his ankle whereas being tackled by Serbia defender Nikola Milenković.
Neymar had already been tackled many occasions earlier than through the match, and was seen grimacing and limping a number of different events. He was fouled 9 occasions, probably the most of all World Cup gamers after the primary spherical of matches within the group stage.
“We’ll stay upbeat, it’s the attribute of this group,” Brazil goalkeeper Alisson stated. “These antagonistic circumstances will solely make the group stronger.”
Brazil’s subsequent match is Monday in opposition to Switzerland. The five-time world champions finish their group-stage marketing campaign in opposition to Cameroon on Dec. 2. Brazil leads Group G together with Switzerland, which opened with a win in opposition to Cameroon.
If Neymar can’t play, his alternative would seemingly be Rodrygo, who got here in as a second-half substitute in opposition to Serbia on Thursday.
The 30-year-old Neymar was additionally damage on the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, when his match ended with a again damage within the quarterfinals in opposition to Colombia. He needed to be taken off the sector on a stretcher, and Brazil ended up dropping to Germany 7-1 within the semifinals.
Neymar’s proper foot has brought about him issues up to now, being among the many collection of accidents he suffered because the 2018 World Cup in Russia. One other proper ankle sprain led him to overlook the 2019 Copa América that Brazil gained.
The 30-year-old Neymar has but to win a significant title with the nationwide group. He helped the “Seleção” win the 2013 Confederations Cup and its first Olympic gold medal on the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Video games.
With 75 objectives for the nationwide group, he’s two shy of Pelé’s scoring report.
One other participant with a sprained proper ankle on Thursday was defender Danilo, although Lasmar stated his damage was not critical.
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