Neymar limps out of training, setting Brazilian alarm bells ringing

by Steven Clarke June 22, 2018, 3:06
Neymar limps out of training, setting Brazilian alarm bells ringing

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.

Brazil's Neymar, right, leaves a training session because of pain in his right ankle, in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

A Brazil spokesman linked the injury to Neymar being repeatedly fouled in Sunday's 1-1 draw with Switzerland.

Nobody panic (yet), but Neymar limped out of Brazil's training session on Tuesday. He was visibly in pain as he walked from the field accompanied by the team's doctor.

The Switzerland clash was his first competitive game for almost four months after a broken bone in his right foot ended his club season with Paris Saint-Germain in February.

Another question for the Brazil manager focused on the omission of Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino from the starting XI, with the 26-year-old only brought on as a substitute fairly late on in the second half. He felt some pain and went to the physiotherapy, and tomorrow he will train normally. As the reports suggested by confirmed, he had missed the training session following the 1-1 draw against Switzerland on Monday.

Another said: "Why is Neymar always injured during World Cup?"

A battered and bruised Neymar will aim to get Brazil's World Cup campaign back on track here on Friday as the pre-tournament favourites seek to re-assert their title credentials with victory over Costa Rica.

Earlier, Philippe Coutinho said that Brazil played well and the coach Titus was dissatisfied with the performance. "The first 40 minutes were tough for us, and at halftime I told the players to stay cool and press forward".

"Neymar is one of the best players in the world and it's a great plus to have him in the team", Coutinho said.

Brazil and Switzerland are two points behind group leader Serbia, which defeated Costa Rica 1-0 in its opener. When he plays for us, it's a huge help.

Eric Cantona was one famous face to have a pop at Neymar's barnet, by playing a heap of pasta on his head while holding up a picture of the Brazilian.

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