2022 World Cup: Neymar Box, Brazil trembles, despite successful entry into competition

The Seleçao disposed of Serbia (2-0) in its first match. But Neymar’s ankle injury may be the soap for the next few days.

by Alexandre Pedro (Lusail (Qatar), Special Envoy)

It was the evening promise this November 24: the best for the end. After seeing all the other favorites or contenders treading the beautiful and very green lawns of Qatar (and undoubtedly savoring the Saudi croche to the neighbor and Argentinian rival), Brazil finally launched its World Cup. This Brazil that everyone sees very beautiful, and which easily turns the compliment, justified this patience. A 2-0 victory against Serbia at the Lusail stadium for a Seleçao with two faces. Remove and sluggish in the first period, released and joyful in second, to a big detail.

A claudic man and the concern creeps everywhere and spoils the party. Prostrate on the sidelines, Neymar (released in the 78 minute) hides his anxiety and wipes his tears in his yellow jersey so dear to his heart. At that time, he thinks of the worst. How could it be otherwise? Ten minutes earlier, his right ankle turned after a bad meeting with the crampons of defender Nikola Milenkovic.

With “Ney”, dramaturgy is never far away. In 2014, Santos’ child left his World Cup on a wheelchair, struck by a knee of the Colombian Camilo Zuniga in the quarter-finals (third cracked vertebra). Inevitably, Brazil thinks of the worst, but its partners are trying to bring reassuring to the microphones and cameras. “From what I saw, Neymar looked good and had ice on my foot, informs Alex Sandro. I hope he can be present with us in the next training.” The defender pushes a little too much On optimism.

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Shortly after, the team doctor delivers a first hot verdict. “Neymar has a sprained ankle with swelling, but we don’t yet know if it’s serious. Now, it’s just a matter of time and a little patience,” said Rodrigo Lasmar, interviewed by Itatiaia radio . The Brazilian must have his ankle examined again on Friday, before going on any exams on Saturday or Sunday. But his presence against Switzerland, Monday, already seems hypothetical.

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In Doha, the Paris-Saint-Germain player and his teammates live hidden, train in camera, and too bad for their supporters, who must be satisfied with a poster and advertising neymar a bit everywhere. In the event of a package, he will therefore remain his image and his regrets. Those of not seeing how far the redemption of the star can lead, started by a summer finally studious and extended by a starting season. A man has no doubt: tite. “You can be sure that Neymar will replay in this World Cup, I have absolute certainty,” said his coach, without advancing a deadline.

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/Media reports cited above.