The five-time champions play their opening World Cup match on Sunday against Switzerland, and Neymar is expected to take his position at the front.

Neymar returned to Brazil training at the World Cup on Wednesday, a day after quitting a session early due to an ankle issue.

Four years after injury cut short his World Cup and Brazil went on to suffer a humiliating 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany without him, Neymar is once again spearheading his country's hopes.

Joao Castelo-Branco shares his thoughts on Brazil's statement that Neymar was given permission to leave training after he limped out of the session.

On Tuesday, the world's most expensive player hobbled out of a session in full view of the cameras, complaining of a problem with his right ankle.


"It's normal for a football player to feel some pain, especially Neymar with the number of fouls that he's suffered in the last game".

The Paris Saint-Germain forward received some tough treatment from Switzerland, being fouled 10 times during the game, his first competitive start since February.

Neymar will start Brazil's game against Costa Rica on Friday after coach Tite revealed he will field an unchanged team.

"Today was more of a recovery session and it happened nearly at the end".

Another said: "Why is Neymar always injured during World Cup?"


However, the best of the rest include teams such as Uruguay and Croatia, but both of those two teams do need and require everything to fall into place during their next couple of games for them to have any realistic chance of taking the World Cup home with them.

The coach of the Selecao was adamant Switzerland's goal should have been ruled out by referee Cesar Ramos, and Neymar agreed with that assessment. When he plays for us, it's a huge help.

Coutinho told a press conference: "We have a lot of great players in the national team and each one of them has his own responsibility".

There was no shortage of tough tackling on display as Costa Rica lost 1-0 to Serbia in their first group outing, but Ramirez told a pre-match news conference at St Petersburg's Krestovsky Stadium his players will not resort to illegality with their place at Russian Federation 2018 on the line. "We have only lost one of our last 5 games and we have showed we can react and that the team believes itself and can get results".


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