Friday, February 3, 2023

Neymar is with Brazil but will not play against Cameroon

LUSAIL, Qatar ( Associated Press) — Injured Brazil star Neymar went to the Lusail Stadium on Friday to watch Qatar’s World Cup game against Cameroon.

Neymar accompanied his teammates to a match for the first time since injuring his right ankle in Brazil’s debut match against Serbia last week.

When Neymar got off the bus carrying the team, he was not limping and looked in a very good mood. While he was warming up, he chatted with his teammates and even started playing with the ball on the side of the court.

Neymar was the only player who stayed at the hotel for the match against Switzerland last Monday. He stayed there to continue his treatment to repair the damaged ligaments in his leg.

Right-back Danilo and left-back Alex Sandro, who will also miss Cameroon due to injuries, will join the rest of the squad in Lusail.

The Brazilian Football Confederation showed Neymar training with the ball at the team hotel. On Wednesday, he underwent physiotherapy treatment in the pool.

Danilo and Alex Sandro worked separately on Friday at the team’s facilities.

Brazil, which already has its ticket to the round of 16, needs to secure first place in Group G against Cameroon which will pit it against South Korea.

Brazilian doctors have not yet said when Neymar will return. The team said the Paris Saint-Germain player would be assessed on Saturday.

Neymar injured his back in a match against Colombia in the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and missed the rest of the tournament. Furthermore, he was absent from the 2019 Copa America due to another ankle injury.

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