Neymar ruled out of Copa America with ankle injury

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Neymar ruled out of Copa America with ankle injury

Neymar is out of Copa America after suffering a right ankle injury in a 2-0 win over Qatar on Wednesday night. The Paris Saint-Germain forward left Brazil's friendly victory in tears after twisting his ankle following a hard tackle in the first minutes of the match. The Brazilian Football Confederation said in a statement early on Thursday that Neymar had a ligament rupture in his ankle and will not recover in time to play the South American tournament. "After suffering a sprain in his right ankle during Wednesday's game against Qatar, Neymar was evaluated and subjected to complementary imaging tests that confirmed ligament rupture in the ankle," the statement read. "Due to the seriousness of the injury, Neymar will not have the physical conditions and sufficient recovery time to participate in the Copa America. "As of this Thursday, the technical committee of the Brazilian national team will begin the definition of a substitute." Brazil coach Tite will have until June 13 to call a replacement for Neymar. The Canarinha take on Honduras on June 9 in their final warm-up game before they start the tournament against Bolivia on June 14. Brazil, hosts of the Copa America, also face Peru and Venezuela in Group A. The friendly was the first major public appearance for Neymar since a woman accused him of rape at a Paris hotel on May 15. Several signs in support of the player appeared among fans on the same day his accuser reaffirmed her claims in a TV interview. Neymar has denied any wrongdoing. Neymar left the Mane Garrincha stadium on crutches before the match ended. He was accompanied by his father and Brazil's confederation head Edu Gaspar. The player returned to Brazil's hotel in the early hours on Thursday, after he was visited by President Jair Bolsonaro.