Brazil’s Copa America dream suffered a huge injury scare on Wednesday after major striker Neymar limped off the field during a friendly with Qatar.
Although Brazil beat Qatar 2-0, Neymar’s injury overshadowed the victory.
A distraught-looking Neymar was seen covering his face with his hands as he sat on the bench after hobbling from the field in the 20th minute at Brasilia’s Mane Garrincha Stadium.
A large icepack had been strapped to the Paris Saint-Germain striker’s lower right leg while two members of Brazil’s support staff carried him from the pitch.
The injury comes just nine days away from Brazil’s opening game in the 2019 Copa America, which the South American powerhouses are hosting.
Minutes after Richarlison had just opened the scoring in the 17th minute Neymar departed with pain in his right ankle.
Gabriel Jesus added a second goal in the 23rd, but all the attention was focused on the injury to Neymar, which the Brazilian Football Confederation described as a sprain.
Any serious injury to Neymar would be a massive blow to the host nation’s hopes as they attempt to win South America’s continental championship for the first time since 2007.