World Cup 2022: Brazil injury scare after win over Serbia as Neymar requires ice pack on swollen ankle

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Brazil’s opening World Cup victory may have come at a cost after Neymar was pictured with an ice pack on his ankle after coming off in the 2-0 win over Serbia.

A brace from Richarlison, including a stunning scissor kick, helped the pre-tournament favourites to a comfortable three points in Group G, although there will be concern over the condition of their number 10.

Having suffered a series of fouls in the match, Neymar was withdrawn in the 79th minute to be replaced by Manchester United winger Antony.

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Although he was able to walk off the pitch unaided, TV cameras caught the Paris Saint-Germain forward sat on the bench with an ice pack on his right ankle and his head in his shirt appearing upset.

Further images show team-mates apparently consoling Neymar and a swelling on the ankle after he removed his boot and sock.

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Neymar, who has scored 75 times for his country and only sits behind Pele (77) in the all-time charts, is looking to win the trophy with Brazil for the first time having announced this could be his last tournement.

The 30-year-old saw his side knocked out by Belgium at the Quarter final stage in 2018 while a back injury at the same stage four years earlier saw him miss Brazil’s humiliating semi-final loss to Germany.

Brazil have begun this campaign with a win and face Switzerland and Cameroon in their remaining Group H matches.

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