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FIFA World Cup 2022: Neymar Jr. plays down ankle injury concerns after Serbia win

Neymar Jr. has played concern over an ankle injury he sustained during Brazil's 2-0 win over Serbia on Thursday. The star forward was taken off in the 80th minute of the match after sustaining a knock.

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Neymar was taken off in the 80th minute against Serbia (Courtesy: Reuters)

In Short

  • Neymar took a knock to his ankle during the match against Serbia
  • The Brazil forward seems to be focused on winning the sixth World Cup for Brazil
  • Brazil defeated Serbia 2-0 thanks to a brace from Richarlison

By India Today Web Desk: Brazil's Neymar Jr. played down injury concerns after the win over Serbia on Thursday, saying that was important to win the game on Twitter.

The five-time World Cup champions were given an almighty scare during the match against Serbia after the PSG star took a knock to his ankle and was in tears and was taken off in the 80th minute.

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Brazil coach Tite played down injury fears to the star forward, saying that he will continue to play in the World Cup.

"We are confident that Neymar will continue playing, he will continue playing in the World Cup," Tite said, adding he was initially unaware of Neymar's injury.

"I didn't see Neymar was hurt. And he had the capacity to overcome this, he even tricked me."

Brazil's team doctor, Rodrigo Lasmar, said after the game that they would need 24-48 hours to assess Neymar's injury and would take a call after that.

"Neymar has an injury on his right ankle, a direct trauma," Lasmar said. "Due to the impact from the knee of the Serbian player, we started immediate treatment on the bench."

"He continues with the physio, but now need to wait 24-48 hours for a better assessment. There is no MRI scan scheduled, but tomorrow we will make a new assessment. We need to wait and cannot make any premature comments."

Neymar has now taken to Twitter after the game and played down concerns regarding his ankle injury after the Serbia game. He said that it was important to win the match and congratulated the team. He ended his tweet with the number six meaning that he is focused on getting the sixth World Cup for Brazil.

"Tough game, but it was important to win. Congratulations team, first step taken…6," tweeted Neymar.

Brazil beat Serbia 2-0 thanks to a brace from Richarlison who also scored a beautiful overhead kick.