Neymar and Danilo will miss Brazil’s remaining World Cup group games against Switzerland and Cameroon after sustaining injuries in Thursday’s opening 2-0 win over Serbia, the team doctor said on Friday.
“Neymar and Danilo underwent an MRI on Friday afternoon and we found ligament damage in the ankle of both of them,” he told reporters.
“They will definitely miss the next game and we will be careful as they will undergo treatment to try to get them fit to play again in the World Cup.”
Neymar was forced off against Serbia with 10 minutes remaining after being on the receiving end of several heavy tackles during the match. A challenge from Nikola Milenkovic ultimately cut short his stay on the pitch, leaving him with his head in his hands on the touchline.
He was fouled nine times during the competition, more than any other player at the World Cup so far. Brazil take on Switzerland on Monday, then round out their group matches against Cameroon next Friday.