from: TALES AZZONI, Associated Press
Published: Nov 24, 2022 / 1:44 PM PST
Updated: Nov 24, 2022 / 2:10 PM PST
LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — Brazil forward Neymar had ice on his wrist and cried on the bench after being substituted in the team’s 2-0 win over Serbia at the World Cup on Thursday.
Neymar injured his right ankle in the second half and was substituted in the 79th minute. He was hit several times during the match and was limping and grimacing before he had to leave the field.
He was in tears on the bench as doctors began to treat him in the final minutes of the game at the Lusail Stadium. He pulled his shirt over his head while the doctors put ice around his feet. He entered the locker room limping and with a swollen ankle.
Brazilian doctor Rodrigo Lasmar did not speculate on the extent of the injury, saying Neymar’s condition will be assessed.
“Let’s see how they respond,” Lasmar told Brazilian media. “We have started treatment, but we have to be careful and patient. It was too early to say anything. We’ll see how he progresses.”
Neymar has had a string of injuries since the 2018 World Cup, but arrived in Qatar in good shape. At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, his tournament ended with a back injury in the quarter-finals against Colombia, when he had to be carried off the field on a stretcher.
30-year-old Neymar has yet to win a major title with the national team. He helped the “Seleção” win the 2013 Confederations Cup and their first Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.
With 75 goals for the national team, he is two short of Pele’s record.
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