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Neymar set for scans on ankle injury following Brazil win

Neymar set for scans on ankle injury following Brazil win

Neymar will undergo scans on an ankle injury he sustained in Brazil‘s World Cup win over Serbia on Thursday.

Brazil began their campaign with a 2-0 victory against Serbia thanks to a Richarlison brace, which included a stunning overhead-kick.

Despite getting off to a winning start, there was concern in the Brazil camp about the fitness of Neymar, who had to be replaced by Antony in the 79th minute.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward injured his ankle following a challenge by Nikola Milenkovic, and although he carried on for 11 minutes, he was eventually forced off.

Neymar was pictured with ice taped to his ankle, and he appeared to be in discomfort as he had to be consoled by some of his teammates.

Speaking after the game, the Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said: “Neymar had an injury on the right ankle, direct trauma.

“Due to the shock that he had with the knee of the Serbian player, we started immediately the treatment on the bench. He continued with the treatment with the physiotherapy.

“We need 24-48 hours to have a better understanding through the MRI. Tomorrow we will have a new assessment. Now we need to wait, we cannot make any premature comments on his evolution. We need to wait.

“He stayed 11 minutes on the pitch after his injury up until the point he could no longer continue.”

After the team doctor had left the post-match press conference, Brazil boss Tite claimed he was confident Neymar would feature against in Qatar:

He said: “Neymar, he felt this pain throughout the game, but he decided to stay on the pitch to help the team. It’s remarkable that he could bear this pain while the team is playing.

“You can be sure that Neymar will play in the World Cup. He will play in the Cup.”

Brazil will face Switzerland on Monday, before they wrap up the group stage with a game against Cameroon on December 2.

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