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Brazil issue Neymar injury update ahead of World Cup round of 16 as Gabriel Jesus fears emerge


Eymar will speed up his recovery from injury as he looks to make Brazil’s squad for the World Cup Round of 16 with South Korea.

An ankle blow in the Selecao’s opener against Serbia led to the star striker being ruled out of the remainder of the group stage, which ended in Brazil’s 1-0 loss to Cameroon Friday night.

After the game, team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar gave an update on Neymar’s state of health.

“As far as Neymar and Alex Sandro are concerned, we think we have free time and there is a possibility,” Lasmar told reporters.

“Let’s wait and see what their transition will be – they still haven’t started training with the ball and that’s something they will do tomorrow. It will be important to see how they react to this new style, so depending on that, we’ll make a call.

Lasmar added that Brazilian full-back Danilo reacted “very positively” to the treatment after also missing the last two games.

While there are ‘high expectations’ for him to make the game against South Korea on Monday night in Doha, both Alex Telles and Gabriel Jesus are doubtful about injuries.

“Alex Telles complained of pain in his right knee after a trauma,” he added. “He was assessed in the locker room and tomorrow will do an magnetic resonance image to be able to assess his condition.

“Gabriel Jesus after the game complained of pain in his right knee and after clinical evaluation we requested an imaging test tomorrow.”

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