Brazil captain Neymar sprained his ankle during his team’s World Cup win over Serbia on Thursday and must undergo a medical evaluation in the next 48 hours, the national team’s doctor said after the game. Doctor rodrigo Lasmar said the Brazilian superstar was injured after a collision with an opponent. Neymar was substituted in the 79th minute of Brazil’s 2-0 win over Serbia.
“We need to wait 24 to 48 hours for a better assessment,” Lasmar said. “We haven’t scheduled an MRI yet and we’ll have a new review tomorrow.
“We need to wait, we can’t make any premature comments on his evolution.”
Neymar was seen limping after the game while photos of the striker showed swelling in his right ankle.
Coach Tite said the Paris Saint-Germain player initially stayed on after suffering an ankle injury “because the team needed him”.
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He also turned to allay concerns that the 30-year-old might be out of action long enough to end his World Cup campaign.
“You can be sure that Neymar will play in the World Cup,” he said.
A moody-looking Neymar refused to speak to journalists as he left the stadium on Thursday.
Neymar only needs 2 goals to equalize PelletBrazil’s all-time record is 77.
His first World Cup in 2014 ended in agony when he broke a bone in his back during Brazil’s quarter-final against Colombia.
Without him, the home team suffered a humiliating 1-7 defeat to Germany in the semi-finals.
Four years later, Neymar had to race to recover from his injury in time for the tournament in Russia, but Brazil never reached the heights expected when losing to Belgium in the eighth round.
The Brazilian also missed the 2019 Copa America after tearing a ligament in his right ankle.
In 2021, Neymar will miss about 10 weeks of the season in France after damaging ligaments in his left ankle following an injury in PSG’s win over Saint Etienne.
(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and was automatically generated from an aggregated feed.)
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