Neymar looks set to miss the remainder of the World Cup group stage after suffering a serious ankle injury in a 2-0 win over Serbia.
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The Paris Saint-Germain superstar was pictured descending in the second half with his right boot and sock on the side, his ankle badly swollen.
Brazil doctor Rodrigo Lasmar has confirmed that Neymar and right-back Danilo will miss the remainder of the group stage.
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Here is the full Neymar story from Rodrigo Lasma:
“Players Neymar and Danilo have started treatment after our game yesterday (Thursday). They were retested this morning (Friday) and as we said in yesterday’s interview, during today’s fitness assessment we assessed the need for an MRI to get more information on the progress of the two players. . .
“The scan showed damage to the lateral ligament of Neymar’s right ankle and swelling of the foot. and damage to the medial ligament of Danilo’s left ankle. The players are being treated. It is very important for us to be very calm, peaceful, this assessment is carried out every day so that we have information and we can make better decisions based on it.
“We can already tell that we don’t have two players for the next game, but they are undergoing treatment to keep us healthy before this tournament.”
How will this affect Brazil?
Of course, Neymar is a superstar and the main figure of Brazil.
But even without it, they can pass the group stage against Switzerland and Cameroon.
A number of star strikers such as Richarlison, Anthony, Gabriel Jesus, Vinicius Jr., Roderga, Rafinha and Gabriel Martinelli will be out of the squad for the next few matches.
Neymar is Brazil’s biggest star, but if he rests and recovers, bouncing back and making the playoffs won’t be the worst thing in the world for him.
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