Brazil is worried about Neymar as the injured star sits on the bench in despair. The shine of Brazil’s easy victory over Serbia in their opening World Cup game was slightly diminished by Neymar’s injury.
Richarlison of Tottenham scored twice for the Selecao in their 2-0 victory to start their World Cup campaign. Tite’s team controlled play and scored twice in the second half to secure a well-earned victory.
Although they performed almost flawlessly, there were concerning signs when Neymar had to be replaced by Manchester United star Antony in the 80th minute. The forward for Paris Saint-Germain was fouled nine times throughout the game and was treated roughly.
He also left the field with what appeared to be a right ankle injury. Tite, who has come to rely on the PSG forward for his attacking spark, will be extremely concerned about his injury because the forward has a history of ankle issues.
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Neymar limped off the field while removing his right boot, sock, and shin pad. He then sat down on the bench, his head in his hands, and a frown on his face.
Due to an ankle injury, the 30-year-old missed 12 games for PSG last season. Brazil will now be concerned about his fitness. Before playing Cameroon in their final group-stage match on Friday, Brazil will play Switzerland in Group G on Monday.
Former England defender Micah Richards expressed concern about Neymar’s participation in the competition later on during a discussion of the injury during the BBC’s coverage of the game.
We discussed how this might be his competition because he has been in the best shape of his life this season, but when he falters (as he did tonight), it is worrying, he added. “You don’t want your main man injured, especially in the first game,” the coach said. “Hopefully it’s nothing too serious.”
Neymar has said in the past that he might retire after the World Cup in Qatar, no matter how it goes. He said to DAZN: “I don’t know if I have the strength of mind to deal with football anymore, so I see it as my last [World Cup].”
Richarlison, Vinicius Jr., Raphinha, and Lucas Paqueta were among the four attacking players who started alongside Neymar on Thursday night, demonstrating the abundance of talent in the Brazilian squad. In the second half, the following players also came off the bench: Antony, Rodrygo, Gabriel Martinelli, and Gabriel Jesus.
Brazil’s victory on Thursday propelled them to the top of Group G, ahead of Switzerland on goal differential after their 1-0 victory over Cameroon earlier in the day.