The tears and depression of the star of the Brazilian team have to do with the memory of the athlete, plagued by injuries in the last World Cup
SPECIAL LIVING IN DOHA – Neymarunderlined in the last three world cups how the technical leadership able to take the Brazil to the world title, he failed to dribble past his main opponent: injuries. This Thursday, at the debut of the Brazilian team at the World Cup in Qatar, the star of Paris Saint-Germain left the Lusail Stadium field crying because of right ankle sprain🇧🇷
The seriousness of the injury is not yet known, but it is unlikely that he will be able to face Switzerland next Monday. Disconsolate and limping, Neymar crossed the mixed zone without speaking to the press, which, it is true, is not unheard of.
The team doctor, Rodrigo Lasmar, went so far as to say the ankle injury was “a concern”. Subsequently, however, he declared in a press conference that any diagnosis in the first 24 hours would be premature.
“We have to wait 24 or 48 hours to evaluate,” Lasmar said. Observation is needed to reduce right ankle swelling. If this is not the case, it is possible that the athlete will undergo an image examination.
How did you hear about the Stage, the crying on the bench and the discomfort in the locker room have more to do with the memory of the athlete, afflicted by a series of injuries in recent years, than with the seriousness of the injury. “It’s normal that he’s a little sad about the situation. These things happen, as they’ve happened in recent years. We understand his head,” said captain Thiago Silva.
Tite said he was “absolutely sure”. Neymar will play the Cup in Qatar. All the other teammates corroborated the coach’s speech and demonstrated confidence in the rapid recovery of the number 10, on whom the team proved to be less dependent.
Even so, according to the athletes, getting the team’s main star back is essential in the quest for the sixth. “Neymar is Neymar. Any team is missing,” said right-back Danilo. He too passed away with pain, but, according to him, the problem is not serious.
“We hope he recovers as soon as possible, we know how important he is for our team,” said Antony, the striker who replaced the number 10 in the 35th minute of the second phase.
But the fact is that Neymaragain, will not dispute a world Cup he is 100% fine. When he was defeated on the pitch against the Serbs, he started living with a ghost that everyone in the team thought had already been removed. There were nine fouls drawn, a record among any player in the first round of the tournament. The Spaniard Gavi is second in the standings, with five fouls received.
“Neymar arrives at such an important competition at a very good level. He had a different preparation, unlike other World Cups,” said Thiago Silva on the eve of the match, recalling his injuries in 2014 and 2018. “In this Cup, with a different preparation, without injuries and without worries, certainly a much more prepared Neymar will arrive”.
The injury against Serbia, in a certain sense, refers to the one suffered at the World Cup in Brazil. Of course, the circumstances are very different, but it is inevitable to remember that, in 2014, the attack from behind by the Colombian Camilo Zuniga which took him out of the World Cup hit the group.
In 2018, Neymar suffered a fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot months before the Cup of Russia. The player underwent surgery, worked hard to recover and reached the World Cup clinically healthy, but the long absence from the field prevented him from being in the best physical and technical condition.
Months later, the Brazilian star said he had been playing in the Russian Cup with pain stemming from a torn ankle ligament, suffered with a fracture to the fifth metatarsal in his right foot, a few days before the start of the tournament.
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