It’s an excellent day for Brazilian fans because their star player, Neymar, has returned to training before Brazil’s round of 16 match, which will be played against South Korea. He is most likely to be starting for his team in the game after a heads-up from the team’s medical department.
The Brazilian superstar had an ill start to his 2022 World Cup campaign after picking up an unfortunate injury in his inaugural match against Serbia, which they won 2-0.
Neymar injured an ankle after being fouled upon multiple times and has not featured for the country in the rest of group stage matches.
Neymar also posted on Twitter, images from his latest training sessions on Saturday. He posted with the caption, “I feel good, I knew that I would now.” In Brazil’s pre-match press conference, it was later confirmed that he would make an appearance for the Brazilian front if he came out uninjured through their Sunday session.
Tite makes bold statement on Neymar’s return
The Brazilian coach, Tite, said about the 30-year-old player, “Neymar is going to practice today, and if he practices okay then he will be playing. There is a specific training today. He will practice and if everything is okay, he will play.”
“We pay the price to be the best, we want to be at our most competent but we never put health at risk.”
However, he also stated that the final call about Neymar’s appearance would depend on the green signal from the team’s medical experts.
“Neymar being in the line-up depends on the medical department clearing it.”
“I prefer to use my best from the start. Myself, as a head coach I have to take that responsibility, and that is my preference.”
Brazil lost two more crucial players to injury earlier when Gabriel Jesus and Alex Telles were ruled out of the World Cup in Qatar after playing their last group-stage game against Cameroon.