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Neymar expected back in training on Wednesday after injury scare

The Paris St Germain striker, who recovered from a fractured metatarsal to play at the World Cup, left training after around 20 minutes.

Brazil expect Neymar to be back in training on Wednesday after the forward limped out of Tuesday’s session in Sochi because of ankle pain.

The Paris St Germain striker, who recovered fitness from a fractured metatarsal to play at the World Cup, left after around 20 minutes – and hobbled off to receive further treatment.

The Brazil Football Confederation (CBF) later confirmed that Neymar had “complained of ankle pains due to the number of fouls suffered against Switzerland,” but team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar added the forward was expected to resume training again on Wednesday afternoon following further physiothepary.

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Neymar was forced out of Tuesday’s training session because of pain in his right ankle.(Andre Penner/AP)

Brazil drew their opening Group E match against the Swiss 1-1 on Sunday at the Rostov Arena, and next play Costa Rica in St Petersburg on Friday.

A statement on the CBF Twitter account from Dr Lasmar said: “Neymar complained of ankle pains, due to the number of fouls suffered against Switzerland.

“As the training was a recovery session, he was referred to physiotherapy. (He will) stay there today and tomorrow morning, (then) training (again) tomorrow afternoon.”

Neymar, 25, had already sat out Monday’s light training, before being forced off on Tuesday and unable to complete the rest of the scheduled session.

The official FIFA Twitter Brazil reporter also provided an update on Neymar’s latest condition via the tournament website following Tuesday’s training session and press conference.

“CBF has spoken officially about the condition of Neymar, having only taken part in about 20 minutes of today’s training,” the update from @FIFAWorldCupBRA read.

“The forward has been dealing with some discomfort in his right ankle but is expected to be back to work as normal and on the pitch in Wednesday’s session.”

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