Brazil forward Neymar has been ruled out of the Copa America with an ankle ligament injury picked up during a warm-up fixture.
Sitting down on the bench, the world’s most expensive footballer could be seen crying and holding his face, as a huge padding of ice was placed on the injured area.
Brazil boss Tite had initially suggested the injury was not a serious one, though Neymar was pictured leaving the stadium wearing a protective boot.
‘After suffering a sprain in his right ankle during last Wednesday’s game against Qatar, Neymar was evaluated and subjected to complementary imaging tests that confirmed ligament rupture in the ankle,’ read an official Brazil statement.
The same injury had caused him woe in 2018 also, after surgery resulted in a three-month absence which brought him back just in time to feature for Brazil at the Russia World Cup.
He also missed the World Cup semi-final defeat by Germany in 2014 after being kneed in the back by Colombia’s Juan Camilo Zuniga.