Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Neymar leaves training session with sore ankle

Neymar leaves training session with sore ankle

Brazil football team coach Tite thought the pressure had got to his players after watching his side kick off their 2018 World Cup campaign with a 1-1 draw against Switzerland here.

A day earlier, the forward had skipped training, one day after Sunday's 1-1 draw against Switzerland - a game in which he was fouled 10 times, the most of any player in the competition in 20 years.

Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar played down Neymar's problem and insisted that the attacker left training as a precaution. The 26-year-old started to limp in the first half but said after the game he was not injured.

But after not overly impressing in the team's World Cup debut against Switzerland, there has been a further set back.

Brazil travelled to Russian Federation after a triumphant set of results in their warm-up matches but were disappointing in their Group E opener on Sunday as a very solid Swiss side showed why they are now sixth in the FIFA rankings, reports Xinhua news agency.

Despite this, Brazil's hopes firmly rest on Neymar's shoulders and it will have come as a worrying sign after the forward was videoed limping out of the Rostov Arena after the match.

"Because of the number of fouls he suffered in the last match his ankle is a little painful, but he will train normally tomorrow".

Brazil, Germany and Argentina have lifted 11 World Cups between them, but all failed to win their opening games in Russian Federation, prompting questions about whether this was a temporary blip or indicative of a major shift in the balance of power.

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

Neymar hobbled out of training with Brazil ahead of their Group E clash with Costa Rica on Friday.

"As soon as he felt the pain he went to the physio".

"In Brazil only being the champion is good, second place or fourth, like happened at the last cup, the players are criticised, the team".

The South Americans have also topped their group in every single World Cup since 1982, whereas Switzerland have topped their group only once previously at the World Cup, it was in 2006. "We wanted to win, but this draw could help too in the future", Marcelo was quoted by the press service of Federation Internationale de Football Association. This game is important and we're looking for three points.

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