Neymar may not return for the rest of the 2022 World Cup because of an ankle injury that is more serious than initially thought.
The 30-year-old attacker was hurt during the Selecao’s 1-0 triumph over Serbia in their opening Group G match, thus he was unable to play in Monday’s narrow victory over Switzerland.
Neymar will now miss Brazil’s last group match against Cameroon on Friday, the club doctor for Brazil’s national team Rodrigo Lasmar announced last week. Neymar, of Paris Saint-Germain, has lateral ligament injury to his right ankle as well as a slight bone edema.
Neymar will heal in time to play again in the tournament in Qatar, according to head coach Tite, along with right-back Danilo, who also had an ankle injury in the victory over Serbia.
Tite told reporters, “I think Neymar and Danilo will play in the World Cup. “I’m not qualified to discuss [medical information].”
I can tell that both Danilo’s and Neymar’s situations have changed, but we still believe both will be able to participate in the World Cup.
The Daily Mirror claims that there are worries that Neymar’s injury is worse than initially thought and that the forward may have already played his final game in Qatar.
According to the article, Neymar would miss about three weeks of action in the “best-case scenario,” which would put him in a race against time to heal in time for the final, should Brazil advance that far.
Neymar, who has also been battling flu-like symptoms, hasn’t yet engaged in any weight-bearing workouts; instead, he spends most of his recovery and conditioning sessions in the water.
Neymar has undergone a combination of physiotherapy, electrotherapy, and cryotherapy since suffering his injury against Serbia, and the Brazilian medical staff is constantly monitoring the attacker’s recovery.
Neymar has an unfortunate injury record at the World Cup, having previously missed the 2014 semi-final with a back problem, while he was not fully fit to represent the Selecao at the 2018 tournament due to a foot injury.
Neymar has a poor track record of injuries at the World Cup. He previously missed the 2014 semifinal due to a back issue, and he missed the 2018 tournament with a foot injury.
The PSG star is now a serious question mark for Brazil’s match in the round of 16, but illustrious forward Rivaldo thinks the five-time world champions can manage without their top player.
Neymar is definitely the first choice, but the team has a number of other forwards who will undoubtedly join and perform well, according to Rivaldo, who spoke to reporters.
“These things happen in sports, especially at a high-level competition like the World Cup, and the group is a strong group. But Tite won’t have any issues because the team is ready with outstanding strikers.
“We want Neymar with all of our hearts, but if it doesn’t happen quickly, we have others to step in, a very strong team of 11 players, and a very solid bench,” said the team.
Brazil will want to beat Cameroon on Friday in order to keep their perfect record in Qatar and take first place in Group G.