The According to ESPN’s video Neymar was caught crying after being replaced by captain Tite in the 79th minute of Brazil’s 2-0 opener against Serbia. According to the first reports, the change was forced, as the PSG attacker suffered an ankle injury in the second half.
In fact, there was an ice hose on the bench, and several pictures of Neymar’s severely swollen ankle appeared on the Internet after the blowout. Commentators and portals are also speculating on how serious the injury could be. If it’s a stronger sprain, it’s likely a group match, if it’s a partial ligament tear, then a two-to-three week absence, if the problem is more serious, even a month and a half of regeneration can await the world’s most expensive football player ever.
The team doctor According to Rodrigo Lasmar, it will be 24-48 hours before they can give a clear diagnosis about the condition of Neymar’s ankle. Tite, however, was optimistic after the match, acknowledging the injury of his star player and saying:
I am 1000% sure that Neymar will still play in this World Cup. Make sure you too.
By the way, the national team captain also revealed that 10-12 minutes before his substitution, Neymar indicated that his leg was not right, but he also asked to stay on the field after treatment, because he feels that he is able to play and will be able to for the rest of the time to help the team against Serbia. Only after Richarlison’s second goal – this one was born in the 73rd minute – did he calm down enough to accept the substitution out of caution.
The Brazilians are in Group G alongside Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon. In the other match of the quartet, the Swiss won 1-0 on Thursday.
SOCCER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
GROUP G, ROUND 1
Brazil-Serbia 2-0 (Richarlison 62, 73)
In the other game of the group
Switzerland-Cameroon 1-0 (Embolo 48.)
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(Cover photo: Neymar after his ankle injury – but still on the pitch. Photo: (Visionhaus/Getty Images)