A hard blow to the right ankle that swelled set off alarm bells for the Brazilian parish. Neymar will have to wait at least 24 hours to find out if he should leave the World Cup in Qatar or not.
The Brazilian striker left the pitch due to severe pain; they bandaged his ankle with ice and once on the bench, with his head down, he covered his face with his shirt and began to cry. While the doctors were checking his right foot. The ghost of the serious injury he suffered three years ago, which left him without participating in the Copa América, haunted the minds of many fans when they saw the images on television. He did not bode well.
The injury apparently occurred after he was brought down by Serbian defender Milenkovic during a breakaway in the second half. The ex-Barcelona's foot was hooked under the defender's leg. He limped for a while, but kept playing until he was substituted by Antony in the 80th minute. "He has done it to help his team. He is very admirable," the Brazilian coach commented after the game.
Brazil won Serbia by two goals to nil, with a brace from Richarlison, in a match played at the Lusail stadium. But the Canarinha joy was cut short shortly after the final whistle and concern for Neymar's health grew in the locker room.
At the end of this Thursday, the doctor of the Brazilian team, Rodrigo Lesmar, explained that the forward suffered a sprained right ankle and that it will be necessary to wait, at least twenty-four hours, to know the evolution of the injury.
"Neymar suffers a sprain. We have treated him immediately on the bench and now he continues with the physiotherapist. We have to wait between 24 and 48 hours to better understand the extent of the injury and a possible unavailability of the player", Lesmar commented before the media.
The national coach shared his optimism for the PSG player shortly after and assured that he will play more games in the World Cup. "I am sure that he will be able to continue playing more games in the Cup," he said in a firm tone at a press conference.
According to AFP, Neymar left the stadium with a slight limp, accompanied by a member of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) and avoided answering the questions of the concentrated journalists.
Neymar, 30, has yet to win a major title with the national team and is two goals away from matching Pelé's 75 goals for the national team.