Brazil coach Tite hopes Neymar’s World Cup is not over despite the bad injury he picked up during the opening match of the World Cup.
The five-time champions beat Serbia 2-0 and Richarlison scored both goals, the second goal being absolutely stunning and described as “one of the best World Cup goals ever”.
However, there were disturbing scenes involving their co-star, Neymar.
An agonizing challenge from Nikola Milinkovic led to him being substituted in the second half, and replays showed his ankle had been hit with a heavy blow.
Sitting on the Brazil bench, he lifted his shirt over his head and looked dazed.
“He had swelling, we immediately started treatment at the bank,” said team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar.
“Now we have to wait 24 hours, 48 hours to get a clearer idea. There is no imaging test scheduled. If necessary, we will do so. It will be determined as evaluated.” [Friday]. “Read:Man United boss Erik ten Hag is giving ‘serious consideration’ to dropping captain Harry Maguire
But Silicao coach Tite moved to allay fears that the World Cup was over.
“We are confident that Neymar will continue to play in the World Cup,” Tite was quoted as saying.
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Neymar spent another 11 minutes on the field after being injured before being substituted.
When asked why the decision was not made earlier, Tite said: “I did not see Neymar injured. I was deceived by the ability he has to overcome it. I only saw it now when I watched the video.”
Neymar is in his third World Cup finals with Brazil and there is pressure on him to do so.
He scored 75 goals for his country, which is two goals short of Pele’s official record.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Gee is a Brazilian fan who doesn’t want to lose him.
“He’s one of the players you want in the Brazil national team,” he told Sportsbar.
“He may not do everything you want him to, but he tried to do what’s best for the team.”
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