Paris Saint-Germain star, Neymar will be missing in action for his home country Brazil at this year’s Copa America after he picked up an ankle injury.
The former Barcelona winger suffered an ankle injury in Brazil’s international friendly game with Qatar, which they won 2-0.
The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) confirmed the news after Neymar left the game in tears.
“After suffering a sprain in his right ankle during Wednesday’s game against Qatar, Neymar was evaluated and subjected to image tests that confirmed a ligament rupture in the ankle,” the CBF said in a statement.
“Due to the seriousness of the injury, Neymar will not have the physical conditions and sufficient recovery time to participate in the Copa America Brazil 2019.
“As of this Thursday, the technical committee of the Brazilian National Team will begin the process of selecting a replacement.”
Brazil, who failed to progress beyond the group stage in the 2016 Copa America, face Honduras on Sunday in one last pre-tournament friendly.
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