Five-time World Cup champions Brazil will be without stars Neymar and Danilo for their next match due to injury, the team announced on Friday.
Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar confirmed that both players will miss the team’s next match against Switzerland on Monday, but remained hopeful that they would play again in the tournament.
“We thought it was important to do an imaging study, an MRI, so we had more data on the development of the two players,” said Lasmar.
“The scans showed a lateral ligament injury in Neymar’s right ankle along with a small bone swelling. And a medial ligament injury in Danilo’s left ankle.
“The players remain in treatment. It is very important for us to be very calm, peaceful, this assessment will be carried out daily so that we have information and 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 in treatment with our aim to try to recover in time for this competition.”
Neymar sprained his right ankle in his team’s World Cup opener – a 2-0 win over Serbia – on Thursday, Lasmar had already confirmed last night at a post-match press conference.
The Paris Saint-Germain forward was substituted with 10 minutes left after going off in a challenge and Neymar looked emotional as he came to the bench, sat down and covered his face with his shirt.
“Today has become one of the most difficult moments of my career… and again in a World Cup,” Neymar, who was injured for Brazil’s 2014 World Cup semi-final, wrote on Instagram on Friday.
“I have an injury, yes it’s bad, it’s going to hurt, but I’m sure I’ll get the chance to come back because I’ll do my best to help my country, my teammates and me self.
“Long time waiting for the enemy to strike me down like this? NEVER!”
Cameras captured 30-year-old Neymar looking down at his ankle, which appeared to be very swollen, as he walked off the pitch.
That will no doubt be a major concern for Brazil – and football fans around the world – whose chances of success would drop significantly without their star man.
Before leaving injured, Neymar had already shown his class, creating Brazil’s first goal when 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 the first of his thaw. in the night.
Brazil began this World Cup as favorites to win their first World Cup since 2002, with a 20% chance of winning the tournament according to Nielsen’s Gracenote, having lost just three times in 50 matches since being eliminated from the 2018 World Cup by Belgium.
Neymar will face a race to get back to full fitness when Brazil face Switzerland in their next Group G match on November 28.