Neymar was in tears on the bench for Brazil after being sent off with an ankle injury in the 2-0 win over Serbia in their World Cup opener on Thursday night.
Two Richarlison goals got Brazil’s World Cup campaign off to a flying start in Qatar, but one of the tournament favorites now faces an anxious wait after his talisman was forced out in the stages second half finals.
Neymar was fouled nine times during the game against Serbia – more than any other player on the pitch – and he even played for 12 minutes after suffering the challenge which left him with ankle damage.
After being substituted with 10 minutes remaining, Neymar was treated by two physios on the bench but the 30-year-old’s pain was evident as he covered his face with his shirt as he was consoled by his Brazilian teammates.
After the match, photographers near the Brazil bench captured the immediate swelling of Neymar’s right ankle.
Neymar was also seen visibly limping as he returned to the Brazil dressing room.
Speaking after the match, Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar insisted it was too early to determine whether Neymar will miss the rest of the World Cup through injury.
“He just sprained his right ankle and it’s already a little swollen,” Lasmar said.
“It is important to see how he will react. We have already started the treatment and we have to be calm and patient.
Asked if Neymar’s World Cup is in doubt, Lasmar replied: “It’s too early to tell.
Brazil, who sit top of Group G after beating Serbia, will face Switzerland on Monday.
“You have to be calm to define how the evolution will be.”
They will then play their last group match next Friday against Cameroon.
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