Brazil captain Neymar sprained his ankle during his team’s World Cup win over Serbia on Thursday and will undergo a medical in the next 48 hours, the national team doctor said after the match.
Doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said that the Brazilian superstar was injured after a collision with an opponent.
Neymar was replaced in the 79th minute in the game in which Brazil won 2:0 over Serbia.
“We need to wait 24 to 48 hours to make a better assessment,” Lasmar said. “We haven’t scheduled any MRIs and will have another evaluation tomorrow.
“It will have to wait, we cannot comment prematurely on its evolution.”
Neymar limped heavily after the game, while photos of the striker showed swelling on his right ankle.
Coach Tite said the Paris Saint-Germain player initially stayed out “because the team needs him” after injuring his ankle.
He also allayed fears that the 30-year-old could be sidelined long enough to finish his World Cup campaign.
“You can be sure Neymar will play in the World Cup,” he said.
Neymar, looking downcast as he left the stadium on Thursday, refused to speak to reporters.
Neymar needs just two goals to equal Pele’s all-time record for Brazil with 77.
His first World Cup in 2014 ended with a broken bone in his back during Brazil’s quarter-final win over Colombia.
Without him, the home team faced a humiliating 7:1 defeat to Germany in the semi-finals.
Four years later, Neymar had to race to recover from his injury in time to be ready for the tournament in Russia, but Brazil never reached the heights expected as they lost to Belgium in the last eight.
The Brazilian talisman also missed the 2019 Copa America after tearing ligaments in his right ankle.
In 2021, Neymar missed nearly 10 weeks of the French season after damaging ligaments in his left ankle following an injury sustained in PSG’s win over Saint Etienne.