Marquinhos assures fans Neymar's injury won't affect Brazil's form
Ahead of Brazil's second group game against Switzerland on Monday, the Brazil defender assures fans Brazil will continue their dominative start to the tournament despite their star winger, Neymar’s injury.
was substituted after suffering an ankle injury in the 80th minute of Brazil's 2-0 victory over Serbia. The new injury has been described as a lateral ligament injury to his right ankle.
star is not ruled out of the remainder of the tournament, he will miss his side's next match against Switzerland.
As the tournament favorites,Marquinhos
believes Brazil can cope without Neymar. This is despite the fact that the last time, Neymar's injury caused them a 7-1 loss to Germany in 2014.
"[We are] 100 percent confident,"
the defender said
"We wish we could have Neymar playing with us, we would love to have 26 players fully available, but we are ready and confident we will be able to show our group is strong, well-trained, and ready for any difficulties we might face.
"Injuries happen, we must all be aware of these possibilities. We must be wise enough to see everybody has an important role to play, the importance of the ones who were not starting and came in.
"Now we have injuries, it's important that the ones who replace them are ready for the moment so we can play our best. I believe taking into account this talent, we'll be able to keep this level."
feelings after suffering the injury, Marquinhos said:
"We took some time to digest the situation.
"Right after the game, he was sad. I think that's normal, because he dreamt so much about the World Cup and now he's suffered an injury. As a player, we all understand what he's going through.
"Today, after the tests, the training, the treatment, he's going through physio 24 hours a day, working very hard. It shows how much he wants to be fit and ready.
"We don't know how long it will take. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope he will be fit physically and emotionally very soon."
kept Argentina's hopes alive yesterday as he scored a goal. On their bitter rivals,
and Messi, the PSG defender said:
"These players... Messi is not just an Argentina player, Cristiano [Ronaldo] not only a Portugal player – they are more than that.
"They are a privilege to football, for all football lovers, so everyone who wants football to evolve and loves football knows how precious they are.
"They do not belong only to their countries. All of us, we enjoy their presence and to see them playing.
"I have played with Messi, Neymar, other great players, and I benefit from their presence. We should all enjoy their presence as much as we can.
"But life goes on, and we know that other generations will come, new great players will come. We have to enjoy the great football as much as we can, keep looking for new players – that's what football is about. Other great players had important moments."
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