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FIFA World Cup: Neymar undergoing treatment for ankle injury, set to miss Brazil's clash against Switzerland

Brazil's Neymar underwent tests and was being treated at the team's hotel on Friday after injuring his right ankle in their 2-0 World Cup opener against Serbia.

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FIFA World Cup: Neymar set to miss Brazil's clash against Switzerland (AP Photo)

In Short

  • Neymar is all set to miss Brazil's Group match against Switzerland
  • Neymar sprained his ankle in the second half against Serbia
  • Brazil coach Tite had already expressed optimism about Neymar's condition

By India Today Web Desk: Brazil forward Neymar is all set to miss his team's Group match against Switzerland at the FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar after twisting his ankle in the 2-0 Group G win over Serbia on Thursday. According to Rodrigo Lasmar, Brazil's team doctor, the next 24-48 hours will be critical for Tite and Neymar regarding the 30-year-old's ankle.

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Neymar sprained his ankle in the second half of a bruising match against Serbia on Thursday. He was in tears while sitting on the bench and after the match limped off the field on his way to the locker room.

"Difficult game, but it was important to win," Neymar said on his social media accounts not long after he left Lusail Stadium without talking to the media.

"Congratulations team, first step taken. Six more to go.'' In an Instagram story after the match, Neymar posted a text that mentioned the need to 'have faith.'

"It's about believing that everything will be OK despite the chaos. It's a certainty that the best is yet to come. It's understanding that everything has its own timing," the text said.

Brazil coach Tite had already expressed optimism about Neymar's condition.

"You can be sure that Neymar will still play in this World Cup," he said after the match.

"I'm certain about that."

Team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said after the game it was too early to know the extent of the injury. He said they started treating the injury the moment Neymar left the field, and continued after the match.