Neymar injured his right ankle during Brazil’s World Cup win ” Alaska

LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — Neymar sat crying on the bench and left the stadium limping with a swollen right ankle after Brazil’s 2-0 win over Serbia at the World Cup on Thursday. Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said Neymar sprained his ankle.

LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — Neymar sat crying on the bench and left the stadium limping with a swollen right ankle after Brazil’s 2-0 win over Serbia at the World Cup on Thursday.

Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said Neymar sprained his ankle.

“We put ice on it while he was on the bench and then in physical therapy,” Lasmar said. “There is no test planned at the moment, but we will schedule it if necessary. He will be under surveillance. We’ll know more tomorrow.”

Brazil coach Tite said he was “confident Neymar will continue playing at the World Cup” but Lasmar said it was too early to comment on the extent of the injury.

Neymar was also injured at the 2014 World Cup. At his home game in Brazil, his tournament in the quarter-finals against Colombia ended with a back injury when he had to be carried off the field on a stretcher. Brazil lost 7-1 to Germany in the semifinals.

Neymar, who was fouled nine times in the game against Serbia, was injured in the second half and was substituted in the 79th minute. Tite said he stayed on the field for 11 minutes before asking to be replaced.

“He got through the injury because the team needed him,” Tite said. “I didn’t even see that he was injured. He just kept playing.”

Neymar lay on the bench in tears as doctors began treating him in the final minutes of the game at Lusail Stadium. He pulled his shirt over his head while doctors taped ice around his foot. He hobbled into the dressing room and also hobbled when he left the stadium without speaking to reporters.

“The most important thing for us is that he’s 100 per cent there for the next game,” said Brazilian striker Richarlison, who scored both goals on Thursday, including one following a build-up started by Neymar. “When I get to the hotel I’ll see how he’s doing.”

Neymar was attacked hard a few times during the game, limping and grimacing before being forced off the field. He was the most fouled player on the pitch.

Neymar, 30, has yet to win a major title with the national team. He helped the Seleção win the 2013 Confederations Cup and their first Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

With 75 goals for the national team, he is twice behind Pelé’s record scorer.

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