In the latest Brazil news, coach Tite has confirmed that Neymar will start Friday’s World Cup Group E clash against Costa Rica after recovering from injury.
The forward played the full 90 minutes against Switzerland on Sunday but was then spotted limping out of training on Tuesday.
Neymar complained of an ankle injury just four months after breaking a bone in his foot and spraining his ankle while playing for Paris Saint-Germain.
However, the former Santos and Barcelona man was back in training on Wednesday and Tite has confirmed Neymar will be part of an unchanged starting XI.
When asked if Neymar would play, Tite told reporters: “Yes, yes. It’s not a sacrifice. It’s an evolutionary process, you just speed up the steps. Yes, he would be playing. It’s not a sacrifice.
“We want to win, it’s a World Cup, but the coach is not going to risk a player’s health by being dishonest to him. That’s a price that’s too high to pay.
“He had a knock, but I think it was the first time in three-and-a-half months he played 90 minutes. We are calm. Five matches is the minimum you need to be fully fit and he has already sped up the process.”
Fellow PSG defender Thiago Silva will wear the armband on Friday, with Tite happy to continue his policy of rotating the captaincy.
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