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Neymar injury: Brazil forward awaits scan on injured ankle after limping off in World Cup opener vs Serbia

Concerns have emerged for Neymar after the Brazil star limped out of his side’s 2-0 World Cup opener against Serbia; the forward went down injured after a blow to his right ankle and looked in agony as ice was taped to it; Tite is confident the forward will play again in this World Cup

Brazil will find out the extent of Neymar’s ankle injury within the next 48 hours after the forward limped out of their 2-0 win over Serbia on Thursday night.

The five-time World Cup winners ran out comfortable winners thanks to Richarlison’s second-half double but the victory was marred by Neymar coming off injured with 10 minutes to go.

Neymar picked up an ankle problem following a challenge by Nikola Milenkovic and carried on for 11 minutes, before being withdrawn for Antony after going down off the ball.

The 30-year-old had ice taped to the injured area of his right ankle and looked in discomfort as he had to be consoled by some members of the Selecao bench.

Neymar put his head in his hands underneath his shirt after coming off
Image:Neymar put his head in his hands underneath his shirt after coming off
Neymar looked upset as he limped off with an ankle problem
Image:Neymar looked upset after he limped off with an ankle problem

Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar joined manager Tite in the post-match press conference and confirmed Neymar will have a scan on his ankle.

“Neymar had an injury on the right ankle, direct trauma,” said Lasmar. “Due to the shock that he had with the knee of the Serbian player, we started immediately the treatment on the bench. He continued with the treatment with the physiotherapy.

“We need 24-48 hours to have a better understanding through the MRI. Tomorrow we will have a new assessment. Now we need to wait, we cannot make any premature comments on his evolution. We need to wait.

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