Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Injured Neymar leaves Brazil's practice early with ankle pain

Injured Neymar leaves Brazil's practice early with ankle pain

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

"Neymar came out of training today with a painful right ankle", said Vinicius Rodrigues, a spokesman for the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF).

The national team doctor of Brazil has given an injury update on Neymar after the star player appeared to pick up a knock during the nation's 1-1 draw with Switzerland.

Neymar has returned to training with Brazil after limping out of Tuesday's session with an ankle injury.

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Unbeaten in their last 13 World Cup group games, winning 10 and drawing three, Brazil have topped their first-round group in every World Cup since 1982 and last failed to progress past this stage in 1966.

Still, considering the stakes, ESPN Brazil's Arnaldo Ribeiro was critical of Neymar for failing to deliver.

However, Coutinho insists Neymar remains the key figure in Brazil's pursuit of World Cup glory.

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Former player Ze Elias argued (via Marca) that Neymar "was selfish on the pitch and for that reason suffered so many fouls, but I don't think they went for him".

"We said after the last game we need to improve".

Most of the players who started against Switzerland only did light jogging on Monday, so Neymar's departure on Tuesday is of greater concern.

"We spoke about the possibilities and the ways to qualify and points, we had a meeting about that but we take to the field aiming to win".

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He was fouled close to ten times in the game and he is now doubtful for his side's must win second game against Costa Rica on Friday, June 22.

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