World Cup: Neymar, Danilo miss rest of group stage with ankle injury

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Football Soccer – Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup – Group G – Brazil v Serbia – Lusail Stadium, Lusail, Qatar – November 24, 2022 Neymar of Brazil reacts after a tackle from Serbia’a Sasa Lukic REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli

DOHA-Brazil duo Neymar and Danilo will miss the remaining two matches of their country’s World Cup group stage and face a battle for the knockout stages after picking up injuries in the win. -0 on Thursday against Serbia, a source close to the team told Reuters on Friday.

Brazil topped Group G, followed by Switzerland and Cameroon. The team doctor says that the amulet Neymar and reliable full-back Danilo will only miss the match against Switzerland.

“Neymar and Danilo went for MRI on Friday afternoon and we found the ligaments in both ankles were damaged,” Rodrigo Lasmar said in a statement released by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF). To share.

“They will definitely miss the next game and we will be cautious because they will undergo treatment to try to get back in shape to be able to play again in the World Cup.”

Neymar has had problems with his right foot and ankle for several years and looked distraught as he left the field late in Thursday’s game.

At the 2014 World Cup, he injured his back in the quarter-final win over Colombia, which prevented him from playing in the 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany.

In Russia 2018, injury once again hindered his dream of winning the World Cup. In early 2018, Neymar sprained his right ankle affecting the 5th metatarsal bone in his foot.

He missed 16 games for Paris St Germain at the end of the 2018-19 domestic season and was never fully fit playing for Brazil in pain in Russia until they were knocked out by Belgium in the quarterfinals.

The striker suffered similar injuries in 2019 and last year.

His replacement should be Real Madrid prodigy Rodrygo, who played in Neymar’s place in three of Brazil’s training games that Reuters approached in Turin in the week before the World Cup.

However, the biggest question mark concerns Danilo’s replacement, as 39-year-old Dani Alves is the only right-back available.

The former Barcelona player played his last game for Mexican side UNAM Pumas in September and has suffered a knee injury that has kept him in trouble ever since.

Brazilian coach Tite tested Real Madrid centre-back Eder Militao at full-back in a friendly against Ghana and could be another option alongside Liverpool midfielder Fabinho, who has also played in the position. right-back position before.

Winger Antony and midfielder Lucas Paqueta are both ill and could also miss Monday’s game against Switzerland.


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