The outrage around Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil national team star Neymar being fouled a ridiculous nine times against Serbia seems justified just a day later.
According to multiple reports out of Brazil, the dynamic, play-making forward will miss at least the rest of the group stage for Brazil at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Brazil is still incredibly deep and a favorite to win the World Cup as the world’s No. 1 team entering the tournament.
Neymar had to exit Brazil’s 2-0 win against Serbia in Group G on Thursday in the 79th minute with an ankle injury. The severity of the injury was unknown as Brazil is recovering ahead of its match on Monday against Switzerland and next Friday against Cameroon.
Neymar has been ruled out the next two World Cup games with ligament damage, Brazil’s team doctor confirms 😬 pic.twitter.com/uBLZeNhiXP
— CBS Sports Golazo ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) November 25, 2022
With a win in its first game, Brazil is even more heavily favored than before to get out of the group into the round of 16. With loads of talent in the attack, the absence of Neymar shouldn’t be keenly felt. But as Brazil progresses in the tournament, there’s no doubt the team will want arguably its best player back against top competition.
For now, Neymar is another star player the soccer world is mourning for missing World Cup games due to injury.
NEYMAR will not return until the knockout stage 🤕🇧🇷 and neither will Danilo pic.twitter.com/5hKjhtdeFw
— Nico Cantor (@Nicocantor1) November 25, 2022
#BRA won C. América in ‘19 (says a bitter Peruvian lol) without Neymar so this national team has won without him. PLUS, this squad is the deepest it’s been for last 20 yrs, BUT his role is so unique to Tite + can’t be duplicated. Expecting him to miss #SUI + possibly #CMR https://t.co/uxD2VQ27vV
— Luis Miguel Echegaray (@lmechegaray) November 25, 2022
Neymar out of next game Brazil with ankle ligament injury. In the old days that would be a real problem. Today, it’s not as much of an issue given the depth of option Tite has. Might even liberate some of his teammates to make their mark like Richarlison did the other night.
— tariq panja (@tariqpanja) November 25, 2022
This is a smart play. Brazil will easily advance from their group & has depth in abundance. https://t.co/eEU9hkEFos
— Mike LaBelle (@MikeLaBelle) November 25, 2022
Neymar and Danilo out of the rest of the group phase – send for Daniel Alves, which I think means that Fred must play.
And the absence of Firmino was a concern for this very reason – Rodrygo to step up?
— Tim Vickery (@Tim_Vickery) November 25, 2022
Disgusting the treatment Neymar receives. He’s basically been kicked out the tournament after one game.
Maybe all those ‘theatrics’ y’all complain about are him protecting himself. For shame.
— Tez (@tezilyas) November 25, 2022