Neymar diagnosis: Bad news for Brazil

Brazil paid dearly for their World Cup opening win against Serbia (2-0) on Thursday. As reported by ‘Globo Esporte’, superstar Neymar and right-back Danilo will no longer play in the group stage due to injuries sustained.

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Both sustained ankle injuries. Team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar explains: “The investigations revealed a collateral ligament injury in Neymar’s right ankle, as well as a small bone edema. And a medial ligament injury on Danilo’s left ankle.”

Dani Alves is ready

The players are “still in treatment. It is very important that we have a lot of rest and serenity. The assessment will be done daily so that we have information and can make the best decisions based on that.”

According to Lasmar, it is already clear that a mission against Switzerland on Monday is out of the question: “We can […] say that we will miss both players for the next game.” It will probably also be tight for the game against Cameroon next Friday.

Danilo’s place at right-back could now be taken by veteran Dani Alves. The 39-year-old can look back on 125 international matches – but Real central defender Éder Militão is also an option. On the offensive, coach Tite has numerous top-class alternatives anyway.

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