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Neymar returns to practice, Brazil guarantees he is ready

22 June 2018

The Brazil striker joined the rest of the squad in a training session in Sochi on Wednesday, a day after he limped out of practice because of pain in his right ankle.

Neymar stopped training in Sochi after a few minutes, leaving his team mates to continue preparations for their second World Cup game against Costa Rica in St Petersburg on Friday. At 23.30 pm, Brazil will clash with Switzerland and today's final match is between Croatia with Nigeria at 12.30 am. "He showed confidence and participated actively during the whole session".

I have been saying it all along, the one thing you should always expect from the World Cup Groups Stages especially, is the unexpected, and it was a surprise to most soccer fans yesterday when Switzerland of all teams managed to end their match against the mighty Brazil team with a 1-1 draw.

He had been playing keep-away with a few other players when he started showing signs of discomfort in his ankle. He was limping when he talked to reporters after the match, when doctors dismissed anything serious. It had already confirmed he would be available to play against Costa Rica.

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Neymar was sidelined for about three months earlier this year because of an unrelated right-foot injury.

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He was heavily marked and struggled against Switzerland, which fouled him 10 times in the match in Rostov-on-Don.

After taking on Costa Rica, Brazil will complete Group E by facing Serbia in Moscow. Anything but victory could leave Brazil, one of the main title favorites in Russian Federation, in a hard position to advance from the group stage.

Neymar returns to practice, Brazil guarantees he is ready