Brazil face anxious wait on Neymar injury after World Cup opener

Mandatory Credit: Photo by John Patrick Fletcher/Action Plus/Shutterstock (13636002an) Neymar of Brazil sitting on the pitch injured who was then substututed off; Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail, Qatar; FIFA World Cup Football, Brazil versus Serbia. Brazil v Serbia, FIFA World Cup 2022, Group G, Football, Lusail Stadium, Al Daayen, Qatar - 24 Nov 2022

Neymar could miss Brazil’s next World Cup game with an ankle injury (Shutterstock)

Brazil face an anxious wait over Neymar’s injury following their 2-0 victory over Serbia at the World Cup.

Richarlison’s double has given Brazil the perfect start in Group G but the South American nation could now be without their talisman after Neymar was forced off in the second half.

The 30-year-old, who was fouled nine times during the game, suffered a sprain to his right ankle but continued to play for another 12 minutes before leaving the field.

As he was being treated by physios, Neymar could be seen in tears as he sat on the bench while he was consoled by his Brazil teammates.

Neymar was also seen visibly limping as he made his way to Brazil’s dressing room, while pitchside photographers were able to capture the immediate swelling to the forward’s right ankle.

Neymar is now in a race to be fit for Brazil’s second game in Group G against Switzerland on Monday.

Neymar’s ankle was twisted during a challenge in the second half (Shutterstock)

Neymar was in tears on Brazil’s bench (Getty)

‘He’s just sprained his right ankle and it’s already swollen a little,’ Brazil’s team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said after the game.

‘It is important to see how he will respond. We have already started the treatment and we need to be calm and patient.’

Neymar was visibly limping as he made his way back to Brazil’s dressing room (Reuters)

Immediate swelling could be seen on Neymar’s right ankle(AFP via Getty)

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When asked if Neymar’s World Cup is in doubt, Lasmar said: ‘It’s too early to say.

‘You have to be calm to define how the evolution will be.’

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