Neymar available for FIFA World Cup Round of 16? We still have time, says Brazil team doctor
Neymar is racing against time to be fit for Brazil's FIFA World Cup Round of 16 fixture against South Korea on December 6, said the team doctor after the five-time champions lost their group match to Cameroon.
Although Brazil finished top in Group G, the side suffered a 0-1 defeat at the hands of Cameroon, who failed to qualify for the knockouts.
Brazil's Neymar, alongside Danilo, sustained ankle injuries in the opening match against Switzerland, while Alex Telles and Gabriel Jesus complained of pain following the match against Cameroon.
"Regarding Neymar and Alex Sandro, we think we have time on our hands and there is a possibility," Rodrigo Lasmar, Brazil team doctor, said when asked about their availability for the last-16 game.
"Let us wait what their transition will be - they have still not started to practice with the ball and it is something they will do tomorrow. It will be important to see how they respond to this new style, so depending on that, we will make a call.
"Danilo has been evolving very positively and today he did intense work with the ball and has adapted functionally very positively. The expectation is tomorrow he will be able to train normally with all players. Let us observe what happens and if everything is OK, we have very high expectations that he will be available for the next match."
Brazil team doctor further said that Telles and Gabriel will undergo tests on Saturday.
"Alex Telles came off complaining of pain in his right knee after trauma. He has been assessed in the changing room and tomorrow will do a magnetic resonance image to be able to assess his condition," Lasmar said.
"Gabriel Jesus after the game complained of pain in his right knee and after clinical assessment, we have asked for an imaging exam tomorrow."
Cameroon became the first African side to beat Brazil at the World Cup. However, Brazil finished top of the table with a goal difference of six points, ahead of Switzerland, who advanced to the last-16 after beating Serbia 3-2.