Neymar sparks injury fears as he limps out of Brazil training

Carrie Guzman
June 20, 2018

The star will still train normally on Wednesday after limping out of a session ahead of Brazil's World Cup clash with Costa Rica.

The Paris-Saint Germain forward looked in fine fettle while taking part in a warm-up drill but quickly pulled up and was unable to continue.

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

Defending champions Germany made a disastrous start to their bid to win back-to-back World Cups with a shock defeat by Mexico. He was visibly in pain after he tried to intercept a ball with his right foot while at the centre of the keep-away circle. He limped as he walked away from the field toward the dressing room, accompanied by a team doctor. This was a recovery session for the starters.

A third fan wrote: "Neymar injured in training".

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Neymar had already practiced separately from his teammates on Monday. In 1998, Alan Shearer was fouled a whopping 10 times in England's curtain-jerker against Tunisia.

Just a couple of days after Brazil's tournament opener, Neymar appears to be hurt.

"Neymar is one of the best players in the world and it's a great plus to have him in the team, " said Philippe Coutinho, who has gained a bigger role as Neymar struggles with his fitness. "He is a very important player for us".

"Yes, Switzerland hit us a lot. but all matches will be like this, I guess", Coutinho told reporters.

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