Neymar injury: Brazilian striker awaits scan of injured ankle after limping in World Cup opener against Serbia | Soccer News

Brazil will discover the extent of Neymar’s ankle injury in the next 48 hours after the forward limped off in their 2-0 win over Serbia on Thursday night.

The five-time World Cup winners lost comfortable winners thanks to Richarlison’s second-half brace, but the win was marred by Neymar picking up the injury with 10 minutes remaining.

Neymar suffered an ankle problem following a challenge from Nikola Milenkovic and continued for 11 minutes, before being taken off for Antony after losing the ball.

The 30-year-old had ice stuck to the injured area of ​​his right ankle and looked uncomfortable as he had to be consoled by some members of the Selecao bench.

Neymar put his head in his hands under his shirt after coming off

Neymar looked distraught as he limped with an ankle problem
Neymar looked upset after limping off with an ankle problem

Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar joined manager Tite at the post-match press conference and confirmed that Neymar will undergo a CT scan on his ankle.

“Neymar had a right ankle injury, direct trauma,” Lasmar said. “Due to the shock he had with the knee of the Serbian player, we immediately started the treatment on the bench. He continued the treatment with physiotherapy.

“We need 24 to 48 hours to have a better understanding thanks to the MRI. Tomorrow we will have a new evaluation. Now we have to wait, we cannot make premature comments on its evolution. We have to wait.

Neymar looks at his injured ankle after coming off the pitch
Neymar looks at his injured ankle after coming off the pitch

“He was on the pitch for 11 minutes after his injury until the point where he couldn’t continue.”

After the team doctor left the press conference, Brazil coach Tite remained confident that his star striker will play again in this tournament.

“Neymar, he felt this pain throughout the game,” he said. “But he decided to stay on the pitch to help the team. It’s remarkable that he can bear this pain while the team is playing.

“You can be sure that Neymar will play in the World Cup. He will play in the Cup.”

“The most important thing for us is to have him 100 per cent for the next game,” said two-goal Brazilian hero Richarlison, one of which was created by Neymar. “When I get to the hotel, I’ll go see how he is.”

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

Neymar asks fans to make more noise during Brazil's World Cup opener against Serbia
Neymar asks fans to make more noise during Brazil’s World Cup opener against Serbia

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.”

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