Brazil downplays Neymar injuries ahead of quarters

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 30, 2014 at 5:10 pm •  Published: June 30, 2014
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TERESOPOLIS, Brazil (AP) — Neymar will be fit to play in the World Cup quarterfinal against Colombia despite thigh and knee injuries sustained against Chile, Brazil's football confederation said Monday.

The confederation said team doctor Jose Luiz Runco checked Neymar again when the squad returned to its training camp and said the player is not a concern for Friday's match in the northeastern city of Fortaleza.

Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari was worried after Saturday's match, saying it could take days for the player to get better and that doctors would have to do their "best to put him on the pitch."

Neymar complained of a left thigh injury after Brazil's penalty shootout win over Chile, and Runco said the player was also being treated for a hit on his right knee.

Confederation spokesman Rodrigo Paiva said the player could miss a few training sessions depending on how the injuries progress.

"The worst is the knee, it's what's hurting the most," Paiva said. "He may be rested from practice if needed. He will be evaluated again, but Runco said fans don't have to worry because he's not a concern for the match."

Neymar's was subjected to heavy challenges during the match against Chile, and twice he had to leave the pitch for treatment. The first time was when he was hit by midfielder Charles Aranguiz in the fourth minute, and then following a challenge by Arturo Vidal in the 28th, when the striker nearly flipped over near the sideline.



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