Neymar took another step towards complete recovery from the ankle injury still in this 2022 World Cup. on the 24th, which marked Brazil’s debut in Qatar.
At the Grand Hamad stadium, CT of the selection, shirt number 10 began the so-called transition phase of work, which comes after physical therapy motivated by the problem in the collateral ligament of the right ankle. Thus, Neymar keeps alive the hope of still playing in the World Cup.
In the video published by the CBF, it was possible to see Neymar wearing cleats, participating in a silly circle and even smiling at the entity’s communication department camera. He also did some finishing work and left smiling after the attempts on goal. “Did you record that kick there?”, asked Neymar to the cameraman.
The injured spot has deflated in the last few days. Neymar progressed from working in the pool, on Wednesday (30), to the field today (3), having activities in the gym — with a ball and some equipment to work on his balance — between the two processes.
The start of the transition process on the field had already been announced by the national team doctor, Rodrigo Lasmar. But the definition of when he can be selected for a Brazilian match in the Cup depends on how the star will react.
“You have to see the new stimulus”, said the doctor, still on Friday night.
Time to think about the next match is short because the Brazilian team is already playing against South Korea, for the round of 16, on Monday (5). After training today (3rd), which was closed to the press, Tite will only have work tomorrow (4th) to smooth out the rough spots in the starting lineup. It’s the crucial day to define what to do with Neymar.
The scenario involving right-back Danilo seems clearer. He has already trained with the group normally, as planned by the national team’s medical department, and has shown he has recovered after an injury to his left ankle suffered on his debut.
Already left-back Alex Sandro suffered a muscle injury in the left hip region during the game against Switzerland. Today, he did individualized work with physiotherapy at the CT academy. This indicates that his recovery is at an earlier stage than others. With the absence of the left-back, the tendency is for Danilo to be improvised in the sector, as already shown by UOL Esporte.
Brazil has already lost two players in this World Cup due to injury. Striker Gabriel Jesus and left-back Alex Telles suffered knee injuries during the defeat to Cameroon and the CBF have already announced that they are out of the competition.