World Cup 2014

World Cup: Neymar injured? Host nation holds its breath as news of training knock spreads

Neymar celebrates a goal for Brazil

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For a few minutes, all of Brazil held its breath.

Prodigal son Neymar had been injured during the national team’s Monday training session. A twisted ankle was nearly the pre-World Cup injury of all the pre-World Cup injuries.

This tweet of the news, complete with a screen shot of the TV coverage, quickly became viral.

But just as there was a collective gasp, there was a giant exhale as news began to trickle out minutes later that it was not a serious knock and Neymar was up and moving around normally later in the session. Tragedy averted.