The Brazil forward Neymar limped out of their 1-0 friendly win over Cameroon on Tuesday but the team doctor calmed fears by saying that the injury did not appear serious.
The Paris St-Germain player was substituted after tweaking his groin as he shot at goal with seven minutes gone in the international match at Milton Keynes. However, doctor Rodrigo Lasmar told reporters that while a scan was needed to comfirm the exact diagnosis he did not think the injury to Neymar’s adductor muscle would keep him out long.
“He came off complaining of pain,” said Lasmar. “He felt a discomfort, he will need a bit more time to evaluate it and take a scan, but in principle it is not a serious injury.“
Brazil went on to win the match with Neymar’s replacement Richarlison scoring the only goal a minute before half-time.
Neymar’s injury was not the only concern for PSG – who are at home to Liverpool next Wednesday in a crucial Champions League game – with his club strike partner Kylian Mbappé also withdrawn before half-time in France’s 1-0 friendly win against Uruguay. The forward fell awkwardly on his right shoulder after a challenge by Uruguay goalkeeper Marin Campana.
Meanwhile, the Brazil manager, Tite, lauded the impact of Richarlison after the Everton forward headed in the winner on the stroke of half-time.
Tite said: “I was not surprised by Richarlison’s performance. What I saw today was the continuation of him always coming on and playing well for Brazil. In his first game he really impressed with his incision and his finishing, both his head and on the floor.
“I’ve also seen him play on the wing for Brazil and play really well and because of his qualities in training we can also imagine him playing as a second striker as well. He’s someone who’s really impressed me since coming into the team.”