NEYMAR had a worryingly swollen ankle after walking off injured during Brazil’s World Cup win over Serbia.
The 30-year-old forward was knocked down several times – most notably by Serbian defender Nikola Milenkovic – during his side’s 2-0 win on Thursday night.
And he was substituted off with a problem in the 80th minute when Manchester United’s Antony replaced him.
He then appeared to burst into tears on the bench before pictures showed how bad his ankle looked.
Now, Brazil’s team doctor has made a rather worrying statement after the injury.
He claims it will take them “24 to 48 hours” to assess the issue but that he suffered “trauma” to his ankle.
However, Brazil coach Tite offered an alternative take on Neymar’s condition.
He appeared much more optimistic given the severity of the injury, saying: “Don’t worry, Neymar will play in the World Cup.
“He’ll keep playing, you can be sure of that.”
Tournament favorites Brazil still have two group games to go before they reach the knockout rounds.
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They meet Switzerland on Monday and Cameroon four days later.
Neymar is just three goals away from overtaking Pelé as Brazil’s all-time leading scorer.
He currently has a sensational record of 75 in 122 appearances for his country.
But if he fails at any stage of the World Cup, the likes of Antony, Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli will be waiting in the wings.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6762410/neymar-ankle-tears-brazil-doctor-world-cup/ Neymar left with a horrified, swollen ankle after leaving the pitch in tears as the Brazil team doctor issued a worrying update