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.
BREAKING NEWS - Neymar got injured in Brazil's training session pic.twitter.com/AoAVUHh1fG— FIFA World Cup 2014 (@FIFAWorldCupTM) June 9, 2014
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.
A nation held its breath as Neymar went down in Brazil training... but he was up and running normally a few minutes later. #VaiTerNeymar— Jack Lang (@snap_kaka_pop) June 9, 2014