Neymar Fit For Brazil After World Cup Injury Fears

Brazil team news: Willian, Neymar, Marcelo to start in this 4-3-3 against Costa Rica? | Daily Star

Brazil team news: Willian, Neymar, Marcelo to start in this 4-3-3 against Costa Rica? | Daily Star

The Paris Saint-Germain superstar was fouled 10 times as Brazil drew their opener 1-1 against Switzerland, the most at a World Cup since Alan Shearer against Tunisia in 1998.

Neymar was forced to leave Brazil's training session in Sochi early on Tuesday with a sore ankle, according to team officials. "All of the players have this responsibility of playing for the collective (good) and being individuals".

Brazil's opponents on Friday, surprise 2014 quarter-finalists Costa Rica, were beaten 1-0 by Serbia in their first game in Group E, and another defeat would mean elimination. But on Wednesday, the Brazilian soccer confederation posted photos and a video of Neymar training with the rest of the squad and said he was fine.

Thiago Silva will captain Brazil as Tite continues to rotate who wears the armband among a group of senior players.

An improvement will be needed against Costa Rica and more will be demanded of Neymar.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Live Score, Brazil vs Costa Rica Live Streaming: Neymar will start for Brazil.

The Selecao are one of the favourites to win the tournament but have work to do after being held to a 1-1 draw against Switzerland in their opening match.

Swiss coach Vladimir Petkovic vowed to keep faith with the rugged approach that frustrated Brazil as they look to apply the brakes on Serbia's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Nemanja Matic. "Whenever we defend our colours and our shirt we want to win".

In Group D, Nigeria must raise their game against Iceland after a 2-0 defeat by Croatia to avoid being dumped out after just two games. "It is a decisive game, of course", said Tite.

The Paris Saint-Germain defender admitted Brazil's failure to carry their excellent form in two years under Tite into their opening fixture in Russian Federation has piled on the pressure but is confident they will bounce back in Saint Petersburg.

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