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Brazil News: Neymar back in training

1 year ago

In the latest Brazil news, Neymar has returned to training and is expected to be available for his country’s second World Cup group game against Costa Rica on Friday.

Neymar suffered an ankle injury in the Group E opener against Switzerland on Sunday and did not train with his team-mates on Monday as a result.

He reportedly only managed 15 minutes on Tuesday, as fears grew that the Paris Saint-Germain star would be ruled out of the clash against Costa Rica, but he was pictured training on Wednesday.

The Brazilian football federation posted a video on Twitter showing the former Barcelona forward training with the Selecao at their Sochi base, while they released a short statement confirming he had taken part.

However, it was unclear how long the 25-year-old took part in the session for as he guards against another setback.

Neymar only returned to fitness a couple of weeks before the tournament began following a troublesome foot injury.

Brazil are likely to wrap him in cotton wool in training so he can play a full part for them in games.

Brazil initially impressed in their first match in Russia but failed to build on Philippe Coutinho’s fine strike and were pegged back by the Swiss.

They will hope for better against Costa Rica, who lost to Serbia in their opener, as they try to live up to their tag as one of the pre-tournament favourites.

Bet365 have Brazil at 4/1 to win the World Cup outright, while they’re 2/9 to beat Costa Rica, who are 18/1 to claim a shock win. The draw is 11/2.