Neymar will miss Brazil’s second World Cup match but will remain with the team undergoing treatment for his ankle injury, the team doctor said on Friday.
Rodrigo Lasmar says tests carried out on his right ankle showed Neymar is suffering from a ligament injury and won’t be fit to play against Switzerland on Monday.
“It is important to remain calm, an assessment will be conducted daily so that we can have more information and make the most appropriate decisions,” said Lasmar, adding that “the goal is to have him recover” in time to continue. to play in the tournament.
Lasmar hasn’t given a timeline for Neymar’s takeover. He said defender Danilo’s situation with a left ankle injury was similar to that of Neymar and he would also miss the game against Switzerland.
Neymar was receiving treatment at the team hotel on Friday after picking up the injury in the 2-0 win over Serbia in Brazil’s opener.
The Paris Saint-Germain striker sprained his ankle in the second half of a deadly game against Serbia on Thursday. He was in tears as he sat on the bench with ice around his ankle and limped off the pitch on his way to the locker room.
“Difficult match, but it was important to win,” Neymar said on his social media accounts shortly after leaving the Lusail stadium without speaking to the media. “Congratulations to the team, first step completed. Six more to go.”
In an Instagram story after the match, Neymar posted a text that spoke of the need “to have faith”.
“It’s about believing that everything will be fine despite the chaos. It’s the certainty that the best is yet to come. It’s understanding that everything has its own timing”, indicates the text.
Brazilian coach Tite had previously expressed his optimism about Neymar’s health condition. “You can be sure that Neymar will still play in this World Cup,” he said after the game. “I’m sure.”
Neymar was substituted in the 79th minute, around 10 minutes after injuring his ankle while being tackled by Serbian defender Nikola Milenkovic.
Neymar had been tackled several times before during the match, and was seen grimacing and limping on a few other occasions. He has been fouled nine times, the most of any World Cup player after the first round of group stage matches.
“We will remain optimistic, that is the characteristic of this team,” said Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson. “These adverse circumstances will only strengthen the group.”
The five-time world champions complete their group stage campaign against Cameroon on Friday, December 2. Brazil top Group G with Switzerland, which started with a win against Cameroon.
If Neymar can’t play, his replacement would likely be Rodrygo, who came on as a second-half substitute against Serbia on Thursday.
Neymar, 30, was also injured at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, when his tournament ended with a back injury in the quarter-finals against Colombia. He had to be taken off the field on a stretcher and Brazil ended up losing to Germany 7-1 in the semi-finals.
Neymar’s right foot has caused him problems in the past, being part of a series of injuries he has suffered since the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Another sprained right ankle led to him missing the 2019 Copa America won by Brazil.
Neymar is yet to win a major title with the national team. He helped the Seleçao winning the 2013 Confederations Cup and his first Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Rio Games.
With 75 goals for the national team, he is two behind Pelé’s goalscoring record.
The last matches of the group stage of the World Cup for Brazil
Monday, November 28: Brazil v Switzerland (Stadium 974, Doha; kick-off 4pm)
Friday, December 2: Cameroon vs Brazil (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick off 7pm)
Analysis: Neymar injury eclipses Brazil victory
Sky Sports Football Features writer Adam Bate:
“This World Cup was meant to be Neymar’s song of redemption after two trophy failures. This is probably his last chance and he entered the tournament in impressive form for Paris Saint-Germain. Now an injury could put an end to his plans.
“The sight of him collapsing on the bench after being substituted and the images that have emerged of his swollen ankle are alarming. his best form.
“Brazil have other attacking options, although most are more suited to wide positions than the No.10 role that Neymar has made his own. But it’s as much about the individual as it is about what Tite will do next. A career-defining tournament is in danger of slipping away from him.”
“Neymar is in the form of his life”
Sky Sports’ Micah Richards speaking to the BBC:
“We talked about Neymar and it’s his competition. He’s in the form of his life this season and it’s a concern when he falls like that.
“Hopefully it’s not too serious – you don’t want your main man injured, especially in the first game.”