DOHA, Qatar — Brazil could be without Neymar for the rest of the World Cup group stage after suffering an ankle injury in their first win over Serbia on Thursday.
The Brazilian FA (CBF) confirmed on Friday that Neymar and Danilo, the right-back who also suffered an ankle injury in the same match, will miss Brazil’s next game against Switzerland on Monday.
But sources have told ESPN the pair could also miss their final group game against Cameroon next Friday.
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Neymar’s injury came after the Paris Saint-Germain striker was fouled several times in Brazil’s 2-0 win, before being substituted in tears in the 80th minute.
“Neymar and Danilo started treatment yesterday immediately after the game,” Brazilian doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said in a video posted on Friday. “This morning they were reassessed.
“Tests showed an injury to the lateral ligament of Neymar’s right ankle, as well as a small bone edema and an injury to the medial ligament of Danilo’s left ankle. The players are still undergoing treatment.
“We can already say that we won’t have both players for the next game but they remain in treatment with our aim of trying to get them back in time for this competition.”
Neymar has scored 75 times in 122 appearances for Brazil and is now just two goals away from breaking Pele’s all-time record for the national team.
Richarlison scored twice to lead Brazil to victory over Serbia at the Lusail Stadium as they sought a record sixth World Cup title.