Neymar returns to Brazil team training

Tite attends a training session in Rostov-on-Don

Tite attends a training session in Rostov-on Don AFP

"Neymar left training because he felt a little bit of pain in his right ankle after receiving a number of fouls the other day".

And next up for them is a meeting with Costa Rica on Friday afternoon - but who will Tite choose to start that game?

"Brazil practicing and Neymar participating normally in the team's activity", the federation said in a Twitter post.

"The forward has been dealing with some discomfort in his right ankle but is expected to be back to work as normal and on the pitch in Wednesday's session". "He showed confidence and participated actively during the whole session".

To really would be a dream come true if Russian Federation managed to make it through to the final, and I suppose the same could also be said of Mexico, but I really do doubt that any of the other teams that I have so far not mentioned are going to trouble any of the teams I have! "The foot is fine".

There were expectations he could still carry Brazil despite the ongoing recovery, but his performance in the 1-1 draw against the Swiss disappointed. He limped as he walked away from the field toward the dressing room, accompanied by a team doctor.

According to Opta, Neymar became the most fouled player in a World Cup game since England's Alan Shearer against Tunisia in 1998, the Selecao striker having been illegally halted by Switzerland 10 times throughout the game. It had already guaranteed after the match there was nothing wrong with Neymar even though he was limping when he talked to reporters.

And the fate of another tournament star hangs in the balance with concerns growing about Neymar's ability to contribute to Brazil's tilt due to fitness problems.

Brazil looked to their talisman time and again in the final stages in Rostov-on-Don, but he failed to find the final pass or finish to unlock a well-organised Switzerland defence.

Costa Rica reached the quarter-finals in Brazil four years ago, but are also in desperate need of the points after losing 1-0 to Serbia to open their campaign.

The five-times world champions are among the favourites to lift the trophy but Coutinho warned their supporters that just because Brazil have an unrivalled pedigree, they are not going to canter to the title in Moscow on July 15.

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