DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Neymar is working “24 hours a day” to recover from an ankle injury and play in the World Cup again, Brazilian team-mate Marquinhos said on Sunday.
Neymar has torn ligaments in his right ankle in Thursday’s 2-0 opener win over Serbia and will miss Monday’s clash with Switzerland. He hoped to recover, but the team doctor has yet to give a timetable for his return or say if he will.
“He sleeps 24 hours a day in physical therapy,” says Marquinhos. “It shows how much he wants to get back with us. We hope you are with us.”
Brazil’s Tite had to ‘force’ right-back Danilo, who is also injured like Neymar, to stop treatment on Sunday and stay with his team-mates in the final training session before the game against Switzerland. said. After the game against Serbia, Tite said Neymar was in physical therapy until 5 or 6 in the morning.
Neymar said on Instagram on Saturday that he was “sure” that he “has a chance to come back”. He posted a photo of his ankle still swollen.
Marquinhos said Neymar was depressed after the injury but has become more positive.
“I’ve seen him come back in great shape and with confidence,” the defender said before the game against Switzerland. “He’s very focused on coming back.”
Tite has been optimistic about the return of Neymar and Danilo, who sprained their ankles against Serbia.
“I’m not a doctor, I’m not an expert,” Tight said. “But I believe that Neymar and Danilo will play in the World Cup.
Tait has plenty of options to replace Neymar, but admits it will be difficult to replace a player as talented as him.
“These great talents can show up two or three times and make a difference,” says Tite. “And that’s what Neymar can do for us.”
The coach did not reveal who will replace Neymar or Danilo in Monday’s starting lineup. Danilo’s replacements included Dani Alves or Eder Militao.
The 30-year-old Neymar is second on Brazil’s scorer list with 75 goals, two behind Pele’s record for the national team. He has yet to win a major title in Brazil.
Neymar was forced to withdraw from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil in the quarter-finals against Colombia after injuring his back. He also missed the 2019 Copa America with a right ankle injury.
Brazil, who are chasing their first World Cup title in 20 years, will face Cameroon in the final match of Group G. If Cameroon doesn’t beat Serbia in their other group match, the team can advance to the round of 16 with a win on Monday.
Neymar working ’24 hours’ to recover from World Cup injury
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