Neymar is used to some kicking and punching. After 45 minutes, the Brazilian superstar was already the player who took the most fouls (5) in the entire World Cup.
In the second half, the Serbs also regularly pulled out the knife. And after a hard tackle from Milenkovic, Neymar stayed just a little longer than usual.
The Divine Canary bit the pain and continued, but had to stop the fight ten minutes before the end. The number ten went to the side with a worried look, his teammates also looked worried.
Post-match photos showed Neymar’s ankle – clearly biting the pain on the bench, but also laughing with Paqueta – completely swollen.
The federal doctor said afterwards that it is an ankle sprain. Only later – “between 24 and 48 hours” will it be possible to determine whether the damage is serious. National coach Tite assured: “Don’t worry, Neymar will continue to play at this World Cup. You can be sure of that.”
Brazil will play Switzerland on Monday, Cameroon awaits on Friday.