Brasilia, June 6: Brazil's preparations for the Copa America suffered a blow after star forward Neymar was injured during a friendly with Qatar.
Neymar limped off the pitch in the 22nd minute of the match at Mane Garrincha stadium on Wednesday after his right ankle appeared to be injured in a tackle, reports Xinhua news agency. Cristiano Ronaldo Hat-Trick Helps Portugal Beat Switzerland in Nations League Final (Watch Video).
With what happened early this morning, you just have to feel bad for Neymar. 9 days to Copa America and he seriously got injured AGAIN! 🤦♂️ pic.twitter.com/u6q9jaKwaW
— BeksFCB (@JoshuaUbeku) June 6, 2019
The 27-year-old was later seen crying while being evaluated by medical staff on the Brazil bench. Neymar missed most of the second half of the 2018-19 season with Paris Saint-Germain because of a fractured metatarsal in his right foot. He started Wednesday's match despite a police investigation launched last Friday into accusations that he raped a women in a Paris hotel.
The Copa America will be played in five Brazilian cities from June 14 to July 7. Brazil have been drawn in Group A alongside Bolivia, Peru and Venezuela.