Neymar working ‘24 hours a day’ to return to World Cup motion, says Marquinhos


November 27, 2022 07:50 pm | Up to date November 28, 2022 07:58 am IST – DOHA, Qatar

Brazil’s Neymar, lies on the pitch as he receives first help in the course of the World Cup group G soccer match between Brazil and Serbia, on the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022.
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Neymar is working “24 hours a day” to attempt to get well from his ankle harm and play once more on the FIFA World Cup 2022, Brazil teammate Marquinhos mentioned Sunday.

Neymar broken ligaments in his proper ankle in the staff’s 2-0 opening win over Serbia on Thursday and will miss the match in opposition to Switzerland on Monday. He remained hopeful of recovering however staff docs nonetheless haven’t given a timetable on his return — or mentioned if he’ll return in any respect.

“He is sleeping in physiotherapy, 24 hours a day,” Marquinhos mentioned. “That shows how much he wants to be back with us. We don’t know when it’s going to happen, but we hope we will have him with us again as soon as possible and in good health mentally and physically.”

Picture of the swollen ankle of Brazil’s forward Neymar taken as he leaves the field at the end of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group G football match between Brazil and Serbia at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, north of Doha on November 24, 2022.

Image of the swollen ankle of Brazil’s ahead Neymar taken as he leaves the sphere on the finish of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group G soccer match between Brazil and Serbia on the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, north of Doha on November 24, 2022.
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Brazil coach Tite mentioned he needed to “force” Neymar and proper again Danilo — who can be injured — to cease their remedy on Sunday and go be with teammates on the final coaching earlier than the match in opposition to Switzerland. Tite mentioned after the match in opposition to Serbia, Neymar was in physiotherapy till 5 or 6 within the morning.

Neymar had mentioned Saturday on Instagram that he was “sure” he would “have a chance to return.” He posted images of his ankle nonetheless trying very swollen.

Brazil’s Neymar walks on the pitch during the World Cup group G soccer match between Brazil and Serbia, at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022.

Brazil’s Neymar walks on the pitch in the course of the World Cup group G soccer match between Brazil and Serbia, on the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022.
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Marquinhos mentioned Neymar had been feeling down after the harm however was getting extra upbeat.

“I see him very well and confident about returning,” the defender mentioned forward of the match in opposition to Switzerland. “He is very focused on coming back.”

Tite remained optimistic concerning the return of each Neymar and Danilo, who sprained his ankle in opposition to Serbia.

“I’m not a doctor, I’m not an expert,” Tite mentioned. “But I still believe that Neymar and Danilo will play in the World Cup. I think we will still be able to use them.”

Tite has loads of choices to fill in for Neymar however admitted it’s exhausting to switch the expertise of a participant like him.

“These great talents can show up two or three times and make the difference,” Tite mentioned. “And that’s what Neymar can do for us.”

The coach didn’t say who would substitute Neymar or Danilo within the beginning lineup on Monday. The choices to switch Danilo included Dani Alves or Éder Militão.

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The 30-year-old Neymar is second on Brazil’s scoring listing with 75 targets, two behind Pelé’s file with the nationwide staff. He has but to win a serious title with Brazil.

Neymar needed to go away the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after hurting his again within the quarterfinals in opposition to Colombia. He additionally missed the 2019 Copa América due to a proper ankle harm.

Brazil, searching for its first World Cup title in twenty years, faces Cameroon in its final Group G match. The staff can attain the spherical of 16 with a win on Monday if Cameroon doesn’t defeat Serbia within the different group match.

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