Crying Neymar injures an ankle during Brazil’s World Cup win

LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — Brazil forward Neymar had ice taped to his ankle and was crying on the bench after being substituted in the team’s 2-0 win over Serbia at the World Cup Thursday

In the 79th minute, Neymar was substituted after sustaining an injury to his right ankle. He was pushed around a few times throughout the match, and was left limping and grimacing after being forced to leave the field.

As doctors began to treat him, he was in tears at the Lusail Stadium bench. He pulled his shirt up over his head while doctors applied ice to his foot. He was limping and had a swelling of his ankle when he entered the locker room.

Brazil doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said Neymar’s condition will be evaluated, but he did not speculate as to the extent of the injury.

“Let’s see how he responds,” Lasmar told Brazilian media. “We have started with the treatment but we need to be cautious and be patient. It’s too early to say anything. We’ll see how it progresses.”

Although Neymar sustained a series injuries since 2018, he arrived in Qatar well-rested. His tournament in Brazil ended in a back injury against Colombia in the quarterfinals. He had to be taken off the pitch on a stretcher.

Neymar, a 30-year-old, has yet to win a major national title. He helped the “Seleção” win the 2013 Confederations Cup and its first Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

With 75 goals for the national team, he is two shy of Pelé’s scoring record.

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