Brazil doctors give Neymar, Douglas Costa injury updates

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Brazil doctors give Neymar, Douglas Costa injury updates

Until the start of the World Cup, he'll be training with the group for another month.

"We knew that we would have two exceptional situations: Neymar and Fagner", said team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar.

However, it would appear that there is more of a chance of Neymar playing for Brazil in this year's world cup than not, and the teams trainer has just this minute gone on record to say that Neymar is in training every day and his progress is much better than anyone could have hoped for.

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Meanwhile, winger Douglas Costa suffered a "minor muscular injury", Lasmar said, and could miss the friendlies. He returned to Brazil and underwent surgery in Belo Horizonte on March 3rd and had been recovering in Mangaratiba.

'I believe that training with the squad, being monitored like he is now, with daily follow-ups, Neymar is very well taken care of. Fabio is confident that the Paris Saint-Germain forward will be at the World Cup and he will feature in Brazil opening game against Switzerland on June 17.

Costa picked up the injury during Juventus' 2-1 win against Verona last weekend and is not expected to start training with his team-mates until the end of the week.

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Costa is a doubt for Brazil's first warm-up match ahead of the World Cup, with Croatia their opponents on June 3 at Anfield.

If Neymar plays well, Brazil are hard to beat.

Manager Tite has done an excellent job in guiding Brazil in the aftermath of that humiliation, and they go into the 2018 World Cup as one of the favourites.

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Brazil will stay in Teresopolis until Saturday, before moving camp to north London on June 8 where Marcelo, Casemiro and Roberto Firmino will join the squad after the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool. Brazil is drawn along Costa Rica, Serbia and Switzerland in Group E.

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