Brazil forward Neymar has been ruled out of the Copa America with an ankle ligament injury.
The 27-year-old suffered the setback in the first half of the Selecao’s 2-0 friendly win over Qatar on Wednesday.
A tearful Neymar was carried down the tunnel with an ankle problem in the first half in Brasilia.
Neymar, who recovered from a knee injury leading into the international friendly, was substituted in the 21st minute and assisted into the locker room.
Brazil head coach Tite was hopeful Neymar had escaped serious injury ahead of the country’s Copa opener against Bolivia on June 14.
However, tests revealed Neymar would not recover in time for the major South American tournament, which Brazil will host.
In a statement, the Brazil Football Confederation said: ‘After suffering a sprain in his right ankle during last Wednesday’s game against Qatar, Neymar was evaluated and subjected to complementary imaging tests that confirmed ligament rupture in the ankle.
‘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.’
The 2019 Copa America will be held in Brazil from June 14 to July 7.
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