The Brazil coach, Tite, has insisted that Neymar will play once more on this World Cup regardless of struggling a suspected sprained ankle of their 2-0 Group G win over Serbia. The ahead got here off with 11 minutes remaining and tv footage appeared to point out him hobbling and his ankle badly swollen.
He regarded near tears as he sat on the bench in the course of the closing minutes of the sport, earlier than slowly limping again to the dressing room.
Neymar had been subjected to roughhouse techniques all evening from an aggressive Serbian protection, and was fouled 9 occasions within the recreation in addition to receiving quite a few off-the-ball shoves.
But Tite, who in any other case loved a near-perfect evening as Brazil started their marketing campaign with a convincing victory, stated that Neymar could be assessed over the subsequent 24-48 hours, and was assured that the injury was not severe.
“Don’t fear, Neymar will play within the World Cup,” he stated. “He will hold enjoying, you might be positive about that.”
The Brazil crew physician, Rodrigo Lasmar, confirmed that Neymar had a “direct trauma” on his proper ankle after being tackled by Serbia’s Nikola Milenkovic. “We began quick remedy on the bench. He continues with the physio, however now we have to wait 24-48 hours for a greater evaluation. He felt this ache all through the sport, however selected to remain on the pitch to assist his crew after his injury. It’s exceptional that he did this.”
Perhaps Tite’s relaxed demeanor was an try to avert the form of injury drama that derailed Brazil’s World Cup marketing campaign in 2014, when a fractured vertebra ended Neymar’s match on the quarter-final stage, and a hysterical squad held up his empty shirt as they sang the nationwide anthem earlier than their semi-final in opposition to Germany. Brazil went on to lose the match 7-1.