Brazil’s Copa America preparations suffered an enormous harm scare on Wednesday after Paris Saint-Germain’s striker Neymar limped off the turf as the Selecao beat Qatar 2-0 in a friendly.
A distraught-looking Neymar was seen masking his face along with his palms as he sat on the bench after hobbling from the field within the 20th minute at Brasilia’s Mane Garrincha Stadium.
A big icepack had been strapped to the PSG striker’s lower right foot whereas two members of Brazil’s staff carried him from the pitch.
The injury comes simply 9 days away from Brazil’s opening match within the 2019 Copa America, which the South American giants are hosting.
Minutes after Everton’s Richarlison had simply opened the scoring within the 17th minute Neymar departed with pain in his right ankle.
Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus added the second within the 23rd. However, all the eye was targeted on the damage to Neymar, which the Brazilian Soccer Confederation described as a sprain.
Any critical harm to Neymar can be a large blow to the host nation’s hopes as they try to win South America’s continental championship for the primary time since 2007.
The injury was simply the most recent twist within the cleaning soap opera surrounding Neymar, who has dominated headlines in Brazil since Saturday after a girl accused him of raping her in a Paris lodge. Neymar has strongly denied the allegations.
Earlier on Wednesday, the head of Brazil’s soccer federation insisted Neymar would play within the Copa America regardless of the allegations of rape, a day after a senior official stated he was prepared to “guess” the star striker would give up.
Regardless of police investigations into the alleged rape and the publication of intimate pictures on social media, Neymar has continued to practice along with his Brazilian team-mates for the Copa America, which kicks off June 14.
Brazilian Soccer Confederation (CBF) president Rogerio Caboclo informed reporters Wednesday that the world’s most costly player would participate within the event – the second time in as many days he has made such an assurance.
His remarks got here after CBF vice chairman Francisco Noveletto was quoted by Brazilian media Tuesday as saying he was prepared to “guess” that Neymar would give up.
“He doesn’t have the psychological situation to face the Copa America and journalists,” Noveletto stated.
Caboclo responded by saying Noveletto didn’t communicate “for the CBF,” Globoesporte.com stated.