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Neymar ruled out of Brazil’s final World Cup group stage matches with ankle injury

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Brazilian duo Neymar and Danilo will miss their country’s last two group matches and will have to fight to be fit for the knockout stage after picking up injuries in Thursday’s 2-0 win over Serbia, says a source close to the team told Reuters on Friday.

Brazil top Group G and next face Switzerland and Cameroon, without their most famous player Neymar and ever-reliable full-back Danilo, although the team doctor has only confirmed they will miss the Swiss game .

“Neymar and Danilo had an MRI on Friday afternoon and we found ligament damage in the ankle of both,” Rodrigo Lasmar told reporters. “They will miss the next game for sure and we will be careful as they will undergo treatment to try and get them back into shape so they can play in the World Cup again.”

Neymar has had right foot and ankle problems for several years and looked distraught when he left the pitch late in Thursday’s game.

At the 2014 World Cup, he suffered a back injury in the quarter-final win over Colombia, which ruled him out of the 7-1 semi-final loss to Germany.

Adding to Brazil’s problems, winger Antony and midfielder Lucas Paqueta are both ill and could also miss the game against Switzerland on Monday.

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By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org