Neymar injured his leg in tears during Brazil's World Cup win

Neymar injured his leg in tears during Brazil’s World Cup win

LUSIL, Qatar (AP) — Neymar wept on the bench after Brazil’s 2-0 win over Serbia at the World Cup on Thursday before leaving the stadium with a swollen right ankle.

Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said, Neymar has sprained his ankle.

“We put ice on him when he was on the bench and then in physical therapy,” Lassmer said. “No tests are scheduled at this time but we will schedule them if necessary. He will be under observation. We will know more tomorrow.”

Brazil coach Tate said he was “confident Neymar will continue to play at the World Cup,” but Lesmar said it was too early to comment on the extent of the injury.

Neymar was also injured in the 2014 World Cup. Playing at home in Brazil, his tournament ended with a back injury in the quarter-finals against Colombia when he had to be carried off the field on a stretcher. Brazil beat Germany 7-1 in the semi-finals.

Neymar, who was fouled nine times in the game against Serbia, was injured in the second half and was substituted in the 79th minute. Tait said he stayed on the field for 11 minutes before asking to be replaced.

“He got hurt because the team needed him,” Tait said. “I didn’t even see him hurt. He just kept playing.

Neymar was in tears on the bench as doctors began treating him in the final minutes of the match at the Lucille Stadium. He pulled his shirt over his head as doctors wrapped ice around his legs. He went to the locker room and was kicked as he left the stadium without speaking to reporters.

“The most important thing for us is that he has 100% for the next game.” Brazil striker Richarlison scored both goals on Thursday, including one after being set up by Neymar. “I’ll go and see how he’s doing when I get to the hotel.”

Neymar was injured several times during the game and was in a daze before leaving the field. He was the most fouled player on the field.

30-year-old Neymar has won a major championship with the national team. He helped the “Seleção” win the 2013 Confederations Cup and the Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

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

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