World Cup favourites Brazil were handed a huge injury blow following their first group stage game against Serbia, as Neymar is set to miss the rest of the group stage with an ankle injury.
Neymar was substituted in the 80th minute during Brazil’s comfortable opening win against Serbia and the star winger has been ruled out for the rest of the group stage with ligament damage to his right ankle.
Neymar is out injured for the rest of the group stage… 😫 pic.twitter.com/YQnO5ykRCS
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The 30-year old was unable to continue after a strong challenge on his right ankle late on however it’s no surprise the Brazilian sustained a knock, as he was fouled 9 times during his time on the pitch – more than anyone else at the tournament so far.
It wasn’t just Neymar who picked up an injury during the first group G game however, as full-back Danilo was also ruled out with a similar injury according to team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar:
“Neymar and Danilo went through a MRI on Friday afternoon and we found ligament damage in the ankle of both of them.
“It is important to be calm and evaluate day by day. The idea is to recover them for the rest of the competition.”
Neymar has not had the best of luck with injuries in the past and having already missed out on the 2019 Copa America after suffering a similar injury, the superstar will be eager to get fit in time for the knockout stages should Brazil feature.