Neymar suffers ligament injury to right ankle and will miss next game


Five-time World Cup champions Brazil will have to do without stars Neymar and Danilo for the next game due to an injury, the team announced on Friday.

Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar confirmed that both players will miss the team’s next game against Switzerland on Monday, but remained hopeful that they would play in the tournament again.

“We thought it was important to do an imaging study, an MRI, so that we had more data on the evolution of the two players,” Lasmar said.

“The scans showed a lateral ligament injury to Neymar’s right ankle, along with a minor bone swelling. And a medial ligament injury to Danilo’s left ankle.

“Players remain in treatment. It is very important for us to be very calm and peaceful, this assessment will be carried out daily so that we have information and can make the best decisions based on it.

“We can already say that we will not have the two players for our next game, but they remain pending with our aim to recover in time for this competition.”

Neymar sprained his right ankle on Thursday in the opening game of the World Cup – a 2-0 win over Serbia. confirmed last night in a post-game press conference.

The Paris Saint-Germain striker was substituted with 10 minutes left on a challenge, and Neymar looked emotional as he sat down on the bench and covered his face with his shirt.

“Today has become one of the most difficult moments in my career… and again in a World Cup,” Neymar, who was injured in the semi-final of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, wrote on Instagram on Friday.

“I have an injury, yes it’s bad, it’s going to hurt, but I’m sure I’ll have the chance to come back because I’ll do my best to help my country, my teammates and myself.

“Waiting long for the enemy to knock me down like this? NEVER!”

Cameras caught 30-year-old Neymar looking at his ankle, which appeared very swollen when he left the field.

It will no doubt be of great concern to Brazil – and football fans around the world – whose chances of success would be considerably diminished without its star man.

Before leaving injured, Neymar had already shown his class by creating Brazil’s first goal as he danced through the Serbian defense to create a chance for Vinícius Jr., whose shot was saved and fell to Tottenham’s Richarlison to finish. finish before the first of his two in the night.

Brazil started this World Cup as the favorite to win its first World Cup since 2002, with a 20% chance of winning the tournament according to Gracenote van Nielsen, having lost just three times in 50 games since being knocked out by Belgium. 2018 World Cup .

Neymar faces a race to return to full fitness by the time Brazil face Switzerland in their next Group G game on November 28.

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