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Neymar leaves Brazil training session limping

Published:Wednesday | June 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Brazil's Neymar leaves a training session because of pain in his right ankle, in Sochi.

SOCHI, Russia (AP):

Neymar limped out of Brazil's training session at the World Cup on yesterday because of pain in his right ankle.

The Brazilian football confederation said the injury was not serious, adding Neymar left as a precaution and would be back in training today. The federation said Neymar has been in pain since the team's 1-1 draw against Switzerland on Friday, when he was consistently fouled.

Neymar started practicing with the rest of the squad but left accompanied by a doctor about 30 minutes into the session in Sochi.

 

Signs of discomfort

 

He had been playing keep-away with a few other players when he started showing signs of discomfort in his ankle. He was visibly in pain after he tried to intercept a ball with his right foot while at the centre of the keep-away circle.

At one point, he bent down and grabbed his ankle, but tried to continue playing anyway. A few moments later he finally decided to leave, kicking a ball away with his left foot before limping away beside the team doctor.

"Neymar left the training session with some pain in his right ankle because of the number of fouls he suffered in the game against Switzerland," federation spokesman Vinicius Rodrigues said. "Since today was only a recovery session for the starters, and he complained about pain, he ended going to rehabilitation."