Brazil’s Neymar may miss the rest of the 2022 World Cup because his ankle injury is worse than expected..
The 30-year-old attacker was injured in the Selecao’s opening Group G win over Serbia, and he missed the Selecao’s 1-0 win over Switzerland on Monday.
Last week, Rodrigo Lasmar, Brazil’s club doctor, revealed that Neymar had suffered lateral ligament damage to his right ankle as well as a small bone edema, and that the Paris Saint-Germain star would now miss their final group game against Cameroon on Friday.
Tite has insisted that Neymar will recover in time for the tournament in Qatar, as will right-back Danilo, who also suffered an ankle injury in the win over Serbia..
Tite told reporters, “I believe Neymar and Danilo will play in the World Cup.” “I’m not in a position to discuss [medical information].”
“I can say that, not only for Neymar, but also for Danilo, their situations have evolved, but we believe both will be available for the World Cup.”
However, the Daily Mirror reports that there are concerns that Neymar’s injury is worse than first thought, and that the attacker may have already played his final match in Qatar.
According to the report, the ‘best-case scenario’ would see Neymar sidelined for three weeks, putting him in a race against time to recover for the final, should Brazil make it that far..
Neymar, who has been suffering from flu-like symptoms, has yet to engage in any weight-bearing exercises, with the majority of his rehabilitation and conditioning taking place in the pool.
Since sustaining his injury against Serbia, Neymar has received a combination of physiotherapy, electrotherapy, and cryotherapy, and the Brazilian medical team is closely monitoring the attacker’s progress..
Neymar has a poor injury record at the World Cup, having previously missed the 2014 semi-final due to a back injury, and being unable to play for Brazil in the 2018 tournament due to a foot injury.
The PSG star is now a major doubt for Brazil’s last-16 match, but legendary forward Rivaldo believes the five-time world champions will be fine without him..
The team has several other strikers who will undoubtedly contribute, but Neymar is clearly the first choice “Rivaldo told reporters, according to The Sun.
“The group is strong, and things like this happen in football, especially in a high-level competition like the World Cup. But the team is well-prepared, with excellent strikers, and Tite will have no trouble.
“We want Neymar 100%, but if he doesn’t come soon, we have other options, a very strong team of 11 and a very good bench.”
Brazil will look to keep their perfect record in Qatar and top Group G with a win over Cameroon on Friday..
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