Tearful Neymar exits win with right ankle injury

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9:29 PM GMT

  • Mark OgdenSenior Writer, ESPN FC

LUSAIL, Qatar -- Neymar was pictured successful tears connected the Brazil seat aft leaving his team's 2-0 win implicit Serbia to statesman their World Cup run successful Qatar connected Thursday, aft picking up an wounded to his close ankle.

Brazil, who are seeing a sixth World Cup trophy, volition present person to hold betwixt 24 and 48 hours to find retired whether Neymar volition play again astatine this year's tournament, said squad doctors.

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Neymar was astatine the bosom of an electrical onslaught for Brazil arsenic Tottenham striker Richarlison scored doubly -- including a stunning 2nd -- but the Selecao will present look a tense fewer days arsenic they await much quality connected the fittingness of their prima player.

The Brazil guardant was subjected to 9 fouls passim the crippled by a carnal Serbian broadside and was replaced by Antony successful the 80th infinitesimal aft spending immoderate clip connected the crushed astatine the Lusail Iconic Stadium pursuing a hard tackle by Nikola Milenkovic.

Neymar was treated with crystal packs by squad trainers connected the seat and was seen limping toward the Brazil locker country aft the win.

In a connection to the media astatine the extremity of the game, Brazil squad doc Rodrigo Lasmar said it is inactive excessively aboriginal to justice however superior Neymar's wounded is.

"Neymar has an wounded connected his close ankle, a nonstop trauma," Lasmar said. "Due to the interaction from the genu of the Serbian player, we started contiguous attraction connected the bench.

"He continues with the physio, but present request to hold 24-48 hours for a amended assessment. There is nary MRI scan scheduled, but time we volition marque a caller assessment. We request to hold and cannot marque immoderate premature comments.

"He felt this symptom passim the game, but chose to enactment connected the transportation to assistance his squad for 11 minutes aft his injury. It's singular that helium did this."

When asked whether helium had a replacement successful mind, however, Brazil manager Tite said helium inactive believed Neymar would play again successful Qatar.

"He stayed for the 2 goals we scored adjacent feeling his ankle wounded due to the fact that the squad needed him," Tite said aft the match. "In the 2 chances and the accidental helium was in, which [was decisive], his quality to flooded pain. In some goals helium was already feeling it.

"You tin beryllium definite that Neymar volition play the World Cup. I americium perfectly definite astir that. He volition play successful the World Cup."

The 30-year-old was visibly distressed erstwhile helium walked to the substitutes' seat and appeared to beryllium successful tears earlier covering his look with his shirt.

Although nary definitive prognosis has yet been made connected the grade of his injury, the anxious hold for a diagnosis is simply a reminder of the wounded that forced Neymar retired of Brazil 2014, erstwhile a fractured vertebra aft a situation by Colombia's Camilo Zuniga ended his contention astatine the quarterfinal stage.

There is besides interest among Neymar's teammates implicit his fitness, with Antony saying: "It's a worry, right? But we don't cognize what happened yet. We cognize however important helium is, arsenic the prima helium is."

Neymar has yet to triumph a large rubric with the nationalist team, though helium did assistance Brazil triumph the 2013 Confederations Cup and their archetypal Olympic golden medal astatine the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

With 75 goals for the nationalist team, helium is 2 shy of Pele's scoring record.

Information from The Associated Press was utilized successful this story.

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