Neymar expected back in training on Wednesday after injury scare

21 June 2018, 05:49 | Kristine Mills

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The draw against Switzerland, which ended Brazil's nine-match winning streak in World Cup openers, left the national team two points behind Group E leader Serbia, which defeated Costa Rica 1-0.

A statement on the CBF Twitter account from Dr Lasmar said: "Neymar complained of ankle pains, due to the number of fouls suffered against Switzerland".

For Neymar or any other player for Brazil, the pressure is always there, this is expected. He was visibly in pain as he walked from the field accompanied by the team's doctor.

Brazil's coach Tite (L) and Brazil's forward Neymar are seen during a training session of Brazil national football team at Yug Sport Stadium, in Sochi, on June 19, 2018, ahead of the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup football tournament.

Traditionally the stage on which the biggest teams parade their talents, this year's World Cup has seen the Goliaths of worldwide football stumble when faced with industrious opponents of a lesser stature.

'Neymar trained a little, felt the pain, returned to physical therapy and tomorrow trains normally'.

Neymar looked bright despite his lack of match practice as he teased the Swiss defence provoking yellow cards for Stephan Lichtsteiner, Fabian Schar and Valon Behrami.

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"Neymar hasn't been bad, but he's been quiet", Brazilian TV analyst and former World Cup striker Walter Casagrande said.

It's never easy to replace a player as talented as Neymar, who scored 19 Ligue 1 goals in just 20 matches in his debut campaign with PSG.

Brazil star Neymar will make his World Cup bow on Sunday as the five-time champions kick off quest for redemption while holders Germany launch their bid for back-to-back titles.

Brazilian players celebrates after scoring against Switzerland.

Brazil coach Tite said before the tournament started that Neymar wouldn't likely be fully fit until the third match of the group stage.

Among those good things is a record of 17 wins, three draws and one defeat in Brazil's last 21 games.



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