Brazil’s Neymar is out of the Copa America
A day after rumours started to spread suggesting Neymar would withdraw from the Copa America, the Brazilian public have been hit with terrible news.
The Brazilian football federation have confirmed that Neymar won’t play at the tournament.
The Copa America, which is being staged in Brazil, begins on June 14.
Brazil will open the competition against Bolivia.
Why is Neymar out?
Neymar is out of the Copa America after rupturing a ligament in his right ankle.
That’s after the PSG star was subbed out of an international friendly against Qatar.
Neymar was hooked from the Qatar match midway through the first half. Brazil’s talisman was replaced by Everton.
The CBF have since confirmed the following bad news:
After suffering a sprain in his right ankle during last Wednesday’s game against Qatar, Neymar was evaluated and subjected to tests that confirmed ligament rupture in the ankle.
Due to the seriousness of the injury, Neymar will not be in the right physical condition and he doesn’t have sufficient recovery time to participate in the Copa América in Brazil in 2019.
— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) June 6, 2019
OFFICIAL | Brazil have confirmed that Neymar is out of the Copa America with a ruptured ligament in his right ankle. pic.twitter.com/0R6Z0AeZGW
— Goal (@goal) June 6, 2019
Brazil 2 – Qatar 0
Brazil claimed a 2-0 win over Qatar in midweek.
Both goals came in the first half of the contest.
Everton forward Richarlison broke the deadlock in the 16th minute.
The 2022 World Cup hosts then conceded a second goal to Man City centre-forward Gabriel Jesus.
Neymar before Qatar
It’s worth noting that Neymar posted an attention-grabbing Instagram update before the Qatar match.
The PSG star has this week vehemently denied raping a woman in a Paris hotel.
Neymar denied the allegations in a 7-minute video posted on his Instagram channel.
Before the Qatar game, Neymar claimed the friendly would be “one of the most difficult matches of my career, if not the most (due to the circumstances)”.
Also see: Katheryn Mayorga drops rape lawsuit against Cristiano Ronaldo.
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