The verdict is in. Neymar, victim of a sprain on Thursday against Serbia (2-0)is injured in the ligament of the right ankle and will be absent Monday against Switzerland in Brazil’s second match at the 2022 World Cup, announced Friday, November 25, the doctor of the Seleçao.
Rodrigo Lasmar, doctor of the Brazilian federation (CBF), announced that Neymar suffered from a “lateral ligament injury” ankle, while defender Danilo also suffers from a sprain. “We won’t have these two players for our next game, but they are continuing their treatment with the aim of recovering them in time for the rest of the competition”, he said in a video broadcast by the CBF. Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte, for their part, reported that both players are at risk of not playing again in the first round and could be reinstated in a possible round of 16.
Thursday, at the Lusail stadium, Neymar limped off the pitch after contact with Nikola Milenkovic. The images of his swollen right malleolus immediately raised fears of the worst in the country of footballdespite the convincing inaugural victory of the Seleçao.
Doctor Lasmar had confirmed, Thursday evening, that Neymar and Danilo each suffered from a sprain, but had said he wanted to wait for new examinations to decide on the seriousness of these injuries.
Shortly after the press conference following the victory against Serbia, “Ney” left the stadium limping slightly, without answering questions from journalists, bulky headphones on his head, accompanied by a member of the management.
“We are confident, Neymar will play again in this World Cup”, launched, for his part, the coach Tite, in a firm tone. Neymar has already been hit in the right ankle in 2019, forcing him to give up playing the Copa America.
Far from his worries and repeated health problems in the recent past, Neymar, who is playing his third World Cup at the age of 30, attacked this competition in sparkling form after a thunderous start to the season in the PSG jersey. .
Brazil’s next match is scheduled for Monday against Switzerland (5 p.m.), before a final first-round match against Cameroon next Friday.