Brazil holds its breath. Although he is not always unanimous on and off the field, especially following his position for Jair Bolsonaro during the presidential elections, Neymar worries the whole country. Last week, the international auriverde came out injured against Serbia on the first day of the 2022 World Cup. A terrible blow to the head of the Parisian, author of a cannon start to the season in club ( 15 goals and 11 assists in 20 appearances in all competitions).
Ney was injured against Serbia
The former Barça player wanted to arrive in form in Qatar, he who has great ambitions with the Seleção. For the moment, he has only been able to spend 78 minutes on the meadow. On Monday, he followed the second match against Switzerland (1-0) on television. Indeed, he had remained in the Auriverdes base camp in order to continue his care and try to recover as quickly as possible. The latest feedback about him had also been rather positive. At the beginning of the week, the Brazilian press revealed that he could return earlier than expected, he who was announced forfeit against Cameroon during the 3rd day.
UOL Sports for example indicated that his state of health was evolving very well and that the player could already walk normally. All with an ankle that had deflated. UOL even clarified that Ney felt ready to play the last group match but that the staff did not want to take any risks and play him if necessary. Already qualified for the 1/8th finals, Brazil does not, a priori, need to make him play. But this Thursday, the Brazilian media are less optimistic about Neymar. “The selection remains cautious with Neymar”title Globo Sports who then elaborated on her.
Brazil is not so optimistic anymore
“Number 10 is evolving through injury but needs to take steps to return. After injuring his right ankle, Neymar is making progress in his recovery, but he still inspires caution from the Brazilian squad. His return to the round of 16 of the World Cup is uncertain. One possibility floating around internally in the national team is to bench him even though he is far from his best physical condition. The next few days will be decisive to define what will be done, even to assess a possible participation in the round of 16 under conditions that are usually defined in football as “playing with sacrifice”..
Same story on the side of TNT Sports Brazil. “According to TNT Sports journalist Monique Danello, there is not so much confidence regarding the return of number 10 (…) With a more delicate situation, Neymar is in intensive care to be able to meet the playing conditions for play the World Cup again. We will have to wait for the evolution of the treatment process to know when coach Tite can count on him again in the field.. Something to worry about in Brazil, where we are aware that the team is not at all the same with or without Neymar. A player who does not yet know when he will be able to return to the pitch in Qatar.