During Brazil’s 2–0 victory over Serbia at the World Cup, Neymar injured his right ankle late in the match and would miss the second match. Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lassmar said tests had been done on his right ankle and that the injury would rule him out of Monday’s game against Switzerland. He said, “There is a need to act with restraint. His injury will be monitored daily so that the right decision can be taken. He needs to be fully recovered so that he can play further in the tournament.
Defender Danilo is injured in his left ankle and will also miss the second match. Neymar is undergoing treatment at the team hotel after the test. He suffered the injury in the second half of the match against Serbia. He was seen crying on the bench and later went to the locker room. Neymar later wrote on social media, “Tough match but the victory was important.” Congratulations to the team. The first step has been taken. Six more to go.” He wrote on Instagram after the match, “Have faith. It is important to have faith that everything will be fine. The best performance is yet to come.
Brazil coach Tite said he was confident Neymar would continue to play at the World Cup. He said, “Neymar will play further in this World Cup. I am sure.” Marr was also injured in the 2014 World Cup. In this World Cup played in Brazil, he was ruled out of the tournament due to back pain in the quarter-finals against Colombia. Brazil was then defeated 7–1 by Germany in the semi-finals.
Neymar, who was fouled nine times in the match against Serbia, was injured in the second half and was replaced by another player in the 79th minute. Tite said Neymar stayed on the field for 11 minutes despite being injured. “He played through the pain because the team needed him,” Tite said. I didn’t even know he was injured at the time. Neymar was in tears as doctors began treating him in the final minutes of the game at the Lusail Stadium. As the doctors wrapped ice around his leg, they pulled his shirt over his head. He went to the locker room limping.
He was still limping while leaving the stadium. Richarlison, who scored both goals for Brazil in this match, said, “The most important thing for us is that he is 100 percent fit for the next match. I’ll go to the hotel to see how he is.” The 30-year-old Neymar was instrumental in guiding Brazil to the 2013 Confederations Cup title and the Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. The legend, who is eyeing his first World Cup title, has 75 goals for Brazil, two short of the record set by Pele, one of the game’s greatest players.