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World Cup 2022: Neymar to miss Brazil’s next two group games with ankle injury

According to their team doctor, Neymar has ligament damage in his right ankle and will miss Brazil’s next two World Cup games.

After being heavily tackled by Nikola Milenkovic in the 80th minute of Thursday’s 2-0 victory over Serbia, the 30-year-old attacker was substituted.

While receiving treatment, Neymar sat with his face covered, and images showed that his right ankle was swollen.

“One of the hardest moments of my career,” he said of the injury.

Neymar stated on Instagram, “Nothing in my life came easy and I’ve always had to work for my objectives and goals. “I never had ill will toward anyone and always assisted those in need.

I’m hurt, yeah, it will hurt, but I’m confident I’ll get the chance to recover because I’ll do everything in my power to serve my nation, my teammates, and myself.

Right-back Due to ankle pain, Danilo will also be absent from the next two games.

Brazil’s second Group G match is against Switzerland on Monday (16:00 GMT), followed by a match against Cameroon on Friday (19:00 BST).

According to Brazil team physician Rodrigo Lasmar, “Neymar and Danilo underwent an MRI on Friday afternoon and we found ligament damage in the ankles of both of them.”

“It’s crucial to maintain composure and make daily assessments. For the remainder of the competition, the goal is to reclaim them.

Tite, the head coach of Brazil, stated after their victory over Serbia that they were “sure Neymar would continue playing at the World Cup” and that he “didn’t see he was hurt – the capacity he has to overcome it tricked even me.”

Over the previous few years, the Paris St. Germain striker has experienced numerous right foot injuries.

After experiencing ruptured ligaments in his right ankle, he missed the 2019 Copa America and missed many weeks of action in 2021 due to a similar injury.

In the match against Serbia, Neymar was fouled nine times, which resulted in four more free throws than any other player at the World Cup so far.

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