Brazil’s Neymar will miss Switzerland game with ankle injury

DOHA, Qatar — Brazil could be without Neymar for the remainder of the World Cup group stage after he suffered an ankle injury in their opening win against Serbia on Thursday.

On Friday, the Brazilian football association (CBF) confirmed that both Neymar and Danilo, the right-back who also injured his ankle in the same match, would miss Brazil’s next game against Switzerland on Monday.

But sources told ESPN that the pair could also miss their final group match against Cameroon next Friday.

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Neymar’s injury came after the Paris Saint-Germain striker was repeatedly fouled during Brazil’s 2-0 win, before being replaced in tears after 80 minutes.

“Neymar and Danilo started the treatment yesterday immediately after the game,” Brazilian doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said in a video posted on Friday. “This morning they were re-evaluated.

“The tests showed a lateral ligament injury in Neymar’s right ankle, along with a small bone edema and a medial ligament injury in Danilo’s left ankle. The players are still undergoing treatment.

“We can now say that we won’t have both players for the next game but they are still being treated with our goal of trying to get them back in time for this competition.”

For Neymar, it is the latest injury disappointment at the World Cup, as he also missed the 2014 semifinal loss to Germany after picking up an injury in the quarterfinal against Colombia.

“Nothing in my life was given or easy, I always had to run after my dreams and my goals,” he wrote on Instagram. “Never wish bad on someone, but help those who need something.

“Today became one of the most difficult moments of my career… and again at a World Cup. Yes, I have an injury, it’s boring, it will hurt, but I’m sure I’ll have the chance to come back because I will.” do everything possible to help my country, my teammates and myself”.

Neymar has scored 75 times in 122 appearances for Brazil and is now just two goals away from breaking Pelé’s goalscoring record for the men’s team.

Richarlison scored twice to lead Brazil to victory against Serbia at Lusail Stadium, as they aim to extend their sixth world title.

Danilo, who started at Brazil’s right-back against Serbia, posted a message on Instagram saying he has already started on his path to playing again in Qatar.

“If necessary, I will do 25 hours of treatment to recover in time to play even for just a minute. Meanwhile, my energy is with my teammates in every situation of the game”, wrote Danilo. “My return is closer! Thanks for all the messages.”

Brazil leads Group G along with Switzerland, which opened with a win against Cameroon.

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