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2022 World Cup: Neymar ruled out of Brazil’s remaining group games

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The team doctor for Brazil has declared that Neymar will miss their next two World Cup games due to a ligament injury in his right ankle.

Following a bad challenge by Nikola Milenkovic in the 80th minute of Thursday’s 2-0 victory against Serbia, the 30-year-old attacker was substituted.

While undergoing treatment, Neymar sat with his face covered, and images indicated that his right ankle was swollen.

Right-back Danilo will also miss the next two games with ankle damage.

Brazil’s second Group G match is against Switzerland on Monday (16:00 GMT), followed by a match against Cameroon on Friday (19:00 BST).

“Neymar and Danilo went through a MRI on Friday afternoon and we found ligament damage in the ankle of both of them,” said Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar.

“It is important to be calm and evaluate day by day. The idea is to recover them for the rest of the competition.”

Speaking after the win against Serbia, Brazil head coach Tite said they were “confident Neymar will continue playing in the World Cup” and that he “didn’t see he was injured – the capacity he has to overcome it tricked even me”.

Over the previous few years, the Paris St. Germain striker has experienced many right foot injuries.

After experiencing ruptured ligaments in his right ankle, he missed the 2019 Copa America and missed many weeks of action in 2021 due to a similar ailment.

In the match against Serbia, Neymar was fouled nine times, which resulted in four more free kicks than any other player at the World Cup thus far.

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