Is Neymar’s World Cup over?

Bad news for Neymar and Brazil fans. The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) confirmed on Friday that two members of Tite’s World Cup squad, Neymar and Danilo will be sidelined for both the team’s next two group games – against Switzerland on Monday and Cameroon on 2 December. CBF medical staff confirmed that both players have suffered ligament injuries.

Neymar and Danilo picked up injuries in the 2-0 win over Serbia and both players underwent tests in Doha this morning before the Brazil squad were due to train at Grand Hamad Stadium. Neymar was substituted on 79 minutes, with confirmation afterwards that he had suffered an injury to his right ankle. Danilo meanwhile was able to complete the full 90 minutes.

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The extent of Neymar’s injury is not known, initially, it is believed to be a sprain however it is a recurrence of an old injury which has kept him sidelined for long spells at various points of his career so it remains to be seen whether Tite will risk him later in the tournament, depending on how far the team goes. Tite has several options for the right flank – Neymar’s place in the side could go to Antony, Gabriel Jesús or Rodrygo.

As for Danilo, Éder Militao or Dani Alves are experienced alternatives at right-back

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