Neymar was pictured in tears on the Brazil bench after leaving his team’s 2-0 win over Serbia to begin their World Cup campaign in Qatar on Thursday, after picking up an injury to his right ankle.
The Brazil forward was subjected to numerous fouls throughout the game by a physical Serbian side and was replaced by Antony in the 80th minute after spending some time on the ground at the Lusail Iconic Stadium.
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Neymar was treated with ice packs by team trainers on the bench and was seen limping towards the Brazil locker room after the win.
Neymar was at the heart of an electric Brazilian attack that registered 22 shots on goal against Serbia and he set up Vinicius Junior for the shot that ultimately led to the opener for Richarlison.
The Paris Saint-Germain star has struggled with injuries during his career, most recently picking up an ankle injury in November of 2021 in Ligue 1. He also missed the end of the 2014 World Cup after fracturing vertebrae in his back from a tackle by Colombia’s Juan Zuniga in the quarterfinals.