Brazil will discover out the extent of Neymar’s ankle damage inside the subsequent 48 hours after the ahead limped out of their 2-0 win over Serbia on Thursday evening.
The five-time World Cup winners ran out snug winners because of Richarlison’s second-half double however the victory was marred by Neymar coming off injured with 10 minutes to go.
Neymar picked up an ankle downside following a problem by Nikola Milenkovic and carried on for 11 minutes, earlier than being withdrawn for Antony after taking place off the ball.
The 30-year-old had ice taped to the injured space of his proper ankle and appeared in discomfort as he needed to be consoled by some members of the Selecao bench.
Brazil crew physician Rodrigo Lasmar joined supervisor Tite within the post-match press convention and confirmed Neymar may have a scan on his ankle.
“Neymar had an damage on the proper ankle, direct trauma,” mentioned Lasmar. “Because of the shock that he had with the knee of the Serbian participant, we began instantly the remedy on the bench. He continued with the remedy with the physiotherapy.
“We want 24-48 hours to have a greater understanding by means of the MRI. Tomorrow we may have a brand new evaluation. Now we have to wait, we can’t make any untimely feedback on his evolution. We have to wait.
“He stayed 11 minutes on the pitch after his damage up till the purpose he might not proceed.”
After the crew physician had left the press convention, Brazil supervisor Tite remained assured his star ahead will play on this event once more.
“Neymar, he felt this ache all through the sport,” he mentioned. “However he determined to remain on the pitch to assist the crew. It is outstanding that he might bear this ache whereas the crew is taking part in.
“You may ensure that Neymar will play within the World Cup. He’ll play within the Cup.”
“Crucial factor for us it to have him at 100% for the subsequent match,” mentioned two-goal Brazil hero Richarlison, certainly one of which was arrange by Neymar. “After I get to the resort I’ll go and see how he’s doing.”
Brazil’s remaining World Cup group-stage fixtures
Monday November 28: Brazil vs Switzerland (Stadium 974, Doha; kick-off 4pm)
Friday December 2: Cameroon vs Brazil (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 7pm)
Evaluation: Neymar damage overshadows Brazil win
Sky Sports activities soccer options author Adam Bate:
“This World Cup was presupposed to be Neymar’s redemption music after two failed tilts on the trophy. That is prone to be his final probability and he got here into the event in spectacular type for Paris Saint-Germain. Now damage might put paid to his plans.
“The sight of him slumped on the bench after being substituted and the photographs which have emerged of his swollen ankle are alarming. Even with 11 days till Brazil’s possible round-of-16 tie, there’s little time for Neymar to get better and present his finest type.
“Brazil produce other attacking choices, although most are extra suited to the huge positions than the No 10 position that Neymar has made his personal. However that is concerning the particular person as a lot as what Tite does subsequent. A career-defining event is in peril of getting away from him.”
‘Neymar is within the type of his life’
Sky Sports activities’ Micah Richards talking to the BBC:
“We’ve talked about Neymar and this being his competitors. He is within the type of his life this season and it’s a fear when he goes down like that.
“Let’s hope it isn’t too severe – you do not need your primary man injured particularly within the first recreation.”