Brazil holds its breath: first Neymar injury predictions

Neymar and World Cups – it’s kind of a love-hate relationship so far. At the 2014 home tournament, the Brazilian was one of the best players before he was badly fouled in the quarter-finals and missed the humiliation against Germany (1:7). Neymar also knew how to shine in 2018, but lost with the Seleção in the quarter-finals against Belgium (1-2).

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Now the big hit should finally succeed in Qatar, the Brazilians went into the tournament as the top favorites. They also underlined this role in yesterday’s 2-0 win against Serbia – but again there are concerns about Neymar. In a duel with Nikola Milenkovic, the 30-year-old was hit in the ankle and was forced to be substituted off injured in the 79th minute.

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Afterwards, Brazil’s team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar commented on the injury: “He has a sprained right ankle. It’s important to wait the first 24 hours to see how he reacts. You have to be calm and patient.” Words that were also aimed at the football-mad Brazilian people. Lasmar said of a possible exit from the tournament: “It’s too early to tell.”

Tite, on the other hand, sounded much more optimistic. “One can be sure: Neymar will play the World Cup. You can be absolutely sure”, said the coach at the press conference after the game. But it is also clear: Neymar is known for his susceptibility to injury. In addition, he says he has an increased sensitivity to pain. Whether it will be enough for the Brazilians’ next game against Switzerland on Monday (5 p.m.) is completely open.

Update (7:35 am): According to ‘COPE’, Brazil assumes that Neymar can intervene again in a possible round of 16 at the latest.

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