SOCHI Russia (Xinhua) --
Star forward Neymar sent a scare through Brazil’s
World Cup camp on Tuesday by limping away from a training
session with an ankle problem.
The 26-year-old was
taking part in a keepings off warmup exercise at the team’s
training base in Sochi when he complained of pain in his right
He hobbled off
accompanied by team physiotherapist Bruno Maziotti.
Confederation officials played down the seriousness of the
injury and said Neymar would be available for Brazil’s next
match against Costa Rica in Saint Petersburg on Friday.
The problem is
believed to be related to a series of knocks that the Paris
Saint-Germain player received in Brazil’s 1-1 draw with
Switzerland in their opening Group E match on Sunday.
On the eve of the
match against the Swiss, Brazil coach Tite warned that Neymar
was still not fully fit after undergoing surgery to repair a
broken bone in his right foot in March.
returned after more than three months on the sidelines by
scoring in Brazil’s 2-0 friendly victory over Croatia on June 3.
He also netted in a 3-0 rout of Austria seven days later, the
South American team’s final World Cup warmup match.