Neymar's Ankle Injury Update

The 12 teams who are invited to play in the 26-game tournament are the following: Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela. Japan and Qatar, two teams outside of South America have been invited to participate, as well.

While many people are rooting for Brazil, there is one player who will not be playing on the field—Neymay Jr. (born Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior).

After having his ankle injured, Neymar Jr. will not be able to participate in the 2019 Copa American tournament. The soccer star is out of commission due to the accident sustained during the previous game with Qatar, and he will be out resting for weeks.

Just last week, the 27-year-old's club team made a statement about his injury, claiming that he obtained a sprained ligament on his right ankle, and because of the severe impact, he is not expected to play for about one month.

According to the team, Paris Saint-Germain's doctor and the club's medical board member, Dr. Laurent Aumont, who is a leading personality in sports medicine, came to visit and assess the injury obtained by Neymar Jr. in Brazil's preparation match for the Copa America that was held last Wednesday.

The official statement said the two doctors who observed Neymar Jr. diagnosed the strain of the lateral ligament without surgical indication; it is to be treated using conservative treatment.

In line with this, the Paris Saint-Germain forward is anticipated to come back on the field in four weeks. On the other hand, even though Brazil will have to participate in the tournament without their star player, former captain Cafu still believes that his home team has a significant chance at winning. They indeed have a great shot, since they carry a winning track record when it comes to competing in Copa America, now with four titles.

Even with the absence of Neymar Jr., Brazil is still maintained by the public as one of the firm favorites to win the competition on its home soil. The Cope America tournament began on June 14 and runs until July 7.

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