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Brazil star Neymar was left with a severely swollen ankle sprain in the victory over Serbia.

Brazil won their first World Cup on Thursday, but it may have come at a significant cost.

Neymar picked up nine fouls in a 2–0 win over Serbia and suffered a right ankle injury. After that, his ankle visibly and badly swelled up. The Brazilian national team doctor later confirmed that he sprained her.

German DW Sports reports that he will be tested on Friday. to determine the severity of the injury, leaving his status unclear ahead of Monday’s second group stage game against Switzerland and beyond.

Neymar left the game on Thursday in the 80th minute after a tackle by Nikola Milenkovic. He received ice treatment on the touchline and was seen to bury his face in his jersey. Brazil held on to a 2-0 victory with their best player watching from the sidelines in the final minutes of the game. Neymar hobbled to the locker room with his swollen ankle exposed.

Brazil’s doctor confirmed the ankle sprain and said the swelling would have to subside before the team could accurately assess the injury.

“Neymar has a sprain in his right ankle,” a doctor told The Athletic. “We started treatment immediately, but we need to wait 24 hours to get a more accurate estimate. We don’t have anything else planned. Now we have to wait and we cannot make any premature comments.”

Brazil coach Tite remained optimistic that the injury would not prevent Neymar from retiring.

“We are confident that Neymar will continue to play, that he will continue to play in the World Cup,” Tite said.

This is not Neymar’s first World Cup injury. He was knocked out from the 2014 World Championship in his home country after a knee to the back resulted in a spinal fracture.

Neymar is one of the best players in the world. Any missed moment through injury would be a blow to Brazil’s World Cup hopes.

Neymar pulled out of the first game of the World Cup in Brazil with an ankle injury and his future status is in doubt.  (AP Photo/Andre Penner)Neymar pulled out of the first game of the World Cup in Brazil with an ankle injury and his future status is in doubt.  (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Neymar pulled out of the first game of the World Cup in Brazil with an ankle injury and his future status is in doubt. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org