An injured Neymar da Silva Santos Jr was one of the highlights of the 2022 FIFA World Cup match between Brazil and Serbia on Friday, November 25, leaving Richarlison de Andrade to handle the offensive.
The roughness of the Serbians caused Neymar, 30, to receive nine fouls before going down in the 80th minute. After being hit severely by his opponent Nikola Milenkovic, Brazil substituted Antony Matheus dos Santos.
The injury that the Brazillian forward sustained upset the odds at OKBET. However, Brazil was triumphant over their opponent, winning 2-0.
The team trainers then applied cold packs to his damaged ankle. After the victory, Neymar walked with a limp to the Brazil team’s locker room.
Team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said that the Brazillian forward’s injury is still under observation. They will determine its severity between 24 and 48 hours.
“Neymar has an injury on his right ankle, a direct trauma. Due to the impact from the knee of the Serbian player, we started immediate treatment on the bench,” he said during an interview with the media.
The doctor added, “He continues with the physio but now needs to wait 24 to 48 hours for a better assessment. There is no MRI scan scheduled, but tomorrow we will make a new assessment. We need to wait and cannot make any premature comments.”
In the previous season, Neymar could not play 12 games due to an ankle injury.
Neymar injured, but Coach Tite believes
Brazil’s head coach Tite believes Neymar will play for the series duration despite his injury. He was confident his player would persevere and help them get the sixth World Cup trophy.
“He stayed for the two goals we scored, even feeling his ankle injury because the team needed him. In the two chances and the chance he was in, which [was decisive], his ability to overcome pain. In both goals, he was already feeling it.
“You can be sure that Neymar will play [in] the World Cup. I am absolutely sure about that. He will play in the World Cup,” Tite said after the match.
Brazil will face Switzerland on Monday, November 28, before going up against Cameroon for their final group stage match next Friday, December 2.
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