Neymar suffered an ankle injury during Brazil’s opening FIFA World Cup 2022 game against Serbia. The Paris Saint-Germain attacker has been on the sidelines ever since.
The English newspaper, the SportsMole recently claimed that Neymar could miss the rest of the FIFA World Cup with an injury. He is suffering from flu-like symptoms and is yet to take part in weight training.
Neymar has been a key player for Brazil since his international debut in 2010. He has made 122 appearances for the Selecao’s so far, registering 75 goals and 55 assists. It would be a massive blow for Brazil national football team if Neymar misses the rest of the tournament with an injury.
Rodrigo Lasmar provides an update on Neymar’s injury
Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar answered questions about Neymar’s return date from an ankle injury.
Speaking to reporters, he said (via Sportskeeda): “Regarding Neymar, we think we have time on our hands. Let’s wait what their transition will be – he has still not started to practice with the ball and it’s something they will do tomorrow. It will be important to see how they respond to this new style, so depending on that, we will make a call.”
The Paris Saint-Germain attacker is regarded as one of the most talented attackers of his generation. However, his career has been hampered by injuries.
According to TransferMarkt, he has missed 22 club games with injuries since the start of last season. Neymar also suffered an injury during the FIFA World Cup 2014. He left the pitch with a back injury during Selecao’s quarter-final win against Colombia.
Brazil suffered without his presence and endured a 7-2 defeat against Germany in the semi-finals. The Selecao’s will hope for Neymar to return to full fitness this term.
When will Brazil play next play in the FIFA World Cup?
Brazil have secured their place in the knockout round of the FIFA World Cup after finishing at the top of Group G. They will next lock horns against South Korea in a round-of-16 tie at Stadium 974 on December 6.
The Selecao’s are the leading contenders to win the FIFA World Cup. Brazil’s World Cup Squad is among the most talented at the tournament. Apart from Neymar, they also have Casemiro, Gabriel Martinelli, and Raphinha on their roster.