Brazil's football team began their FIFA World Cup 2022 campaign on a high note, defeating Serbia 2-0 in their first match. While Richarlison scored both goals for Brazil, superstar forward Neymar was reduced to tears after being forced to leave the game due to an ankle injury. Neymar was the most fouled player during the Brazil vs. Serbia match, and he was replaced in the 79th minute after being tackled by Nikola Milenkovi.
FIFA World Cup 2022: Neymar sends an encouraging message to fans
When doctors began treating him in the final minutes of the match at Lusail Stadium, the 30-year-old was in tears on the bench. The forward's ankle was taped with ice around his foot, and he limped into the locker room.
Neymar in his message wrote, "The pride and love I feel for wearing the shirt has no explanation. If God gave me the opportunity to choose a country to be born, it would be BRAZIL. Nothing in my life was given or easy i always had to chase my dreams and my goals. Never wishing evil on anyone, but helping those in need. Today has become one of the hardest moments in my career... and again in a world cup 😞 I have an injury yes, it's boring, it's going to hurt but I'm sure I'll have the chance to come back because I will do my best to help my country, my teammates and myself. Long time to wait for the enemy to knock me down like this? N E V E R ! I am a CHILD OF THE IMPOSSIBLE GOD and my FAITH is endless".
Update on Neymar Jr's injury: Brazil's superstar will miss the match against Switzerland.
Following the match against Serbia, Brazilian team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar stated, "We put ice on it while he was on the bench and then in physiotherapy." There is currently no test scheduled, but we will schedule one if necessary. He will be under close scrutiny. We'll know more tomorrow," but it appears that the PSG forward will miss the next match against Switzerland.
According to Rodrigo Lasmar, tests on Neymar's right ankle revealed that he has a ligament injury and will be unable to play against Switzerland on Monday.
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