After Brazil’s 2-0 World Cup victory over Serbia on Thursday, Neymar sat on the bench crying and later left the stadium limping with a swollen right ankle.
According to Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar, Neymar sprained his ankle.
“We applied ice to it while he was on the bench and then in physiotherapy,” Lasmar explained. “There is no test scheduled at this time, but we will schedule one if necessary.” He will be under close scrutiny. We’ll find out more tomorrow.”
Brazil coach Tite stated that he is “confident that Neymar will continue playing at the World Cup,” but Lasmar stated that it is too early to speculate on the extent of the injury.
During the 2014 World Cup, Neymar was also injured. His tournament in Brazil ended with a back injury in the quarterfinals against Colombia, which required him to be carried off the field on a stretcher. Brazil was defeated 7-1 by Germany in the semifinals.
Neymar, who was fouled nine times against Serbia, was injured in the second half and replaced in the 79th minute. Tite stated that he remained on the field for 11 minutes before requesting to be replaced.
Tite explained, “He overcame the injury because the team needed him.” “I didn’t even notice that he was hurt. He simply continued to play.”
In the final minutes of the game at Lusail Stadium, Neymar was in tears on the bench as doctors began treating him. As doctors wrapped ice around his foot, he pulled his shirt over his head. He limped into the locker room and limped out of the stadium without speaking to reporters.
“The most important thing for us is to have him at 100% for the next match,” said Brazil striker Richarlison, who scored both goals on Thursday, one of which was set up by Neymar. “When I get to the hotel, I’m going to check on him.”
Neymar was tackled several times during the game and had to leave the field limping and grimacing. He had the most fouls on the field.
Neymar, 30, has yet to win a major title with the Brazilian national team. He helped the “Seleço” win the Confederations Cup in 2013 and its first Olympic gold medal in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.