Neymar to miss rest of Brazil’s World Cup group games with ankle injury

Neymar to miss rest of Brazil’s World Cup group games with ankle injury

  • Scan reveals forward has sustained ankle ligament damage
  • Danilo also ruled out for the remainder of the group stage
Neymar clutches his ankle after a challenge from Serbia’s Nikola Milenkovic

Neymar and Danilo will miss Brazil’s remaining World Cup group games against Switzerland and Cameroon after sustaining injuries in Thursday’s opening 2-0 victory over Serbia, the team’s doctor said on Friday.

“Neymar and Danilo went through an MRI on Friday afternoon and we found ligament damage in the ankle of both of them,” he told reporters.

“They will miss the next game for sure and we will be cautious as they will undergo treatment in order to try to get them in shape so they can play again in the World Cup.”

Neymar was forced off against Serbia with 10 minutes to play, having been on the receiving end of several heavy tackles over the course of the game. A challenge from Nikola Milenkovic ultimately cut short his stay on the pitch, leaving him with his head in his hands on the sidelines.

He was fouled nine times during the contest, more than any other player at the World Cup so far. Brazil take on Switzerland on Monday, then round off their group games against Cameroon next Friday.