Brazil coach Tite is hopeful Neymar will be fit to continue at the World Cup after he injured his ankle in their opening 2-0 win over Serbia.

Richarlison scored both goals, the second being a superb volley, but it was overshadowed by a teetering and emotional Neymar on the bench.

The forward has struggled with ankle problems in the past, but Tite does not believe the problem is serious, telling a news conference: “We are sure that Neymar will continue to play in the World Cup.”

Brazilian doctor Rodrigo Lasmar added: “We have to wait 24-48 hours for a better assessment. We haven’t scheduled any MRI yet and tomorrow we will do a new assessment.”

Defender Danilo also has an ankle problem, limping in the last minutes.

Neymar spent 11 minutes on the pitch after suffering an injury before being substituted.

Asked why he had not made the decision earlier, Tite said: “I didn’t see Neymar injured. The capacity that he has to overcome it, it blew me away. I only see it now when I watch the video.”

Brazil performed well in the first half, creating few clear chances, but improved significantly after the interval, with Richarlison justifying his selection in front of a host of other talented forwards.

Tite said: “I think it’s an important win with a lot of wins in the same game. (In the first half) it’s not our normal standard. In the second half we repositioned people and we improved technique.

“I have six, seven names to call and, whoever I call, we will have a great team. Richarlison is amazing. We saw how he controlled the ball, went up and he adjusted all his plans.”

Serbia coach Dragan Stojkovic was disappointed with his team’s second-half display, saying: “I thought we were on the same level in the first 45 minutes, I didn’t see them being much more dominant at that stage.

“But in the second half we fell physically and we are not a team anymore. And of course Brazil know how to take advantage of this because they have extraordinary players.”