Neymar leaves training session with sore ankle

Neymar is sporting a new hairstyle for the World Cup
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The five-time champions play their opening World Cup match on Sunday against Switzerland, and Neymar is expected to take his position at the front.

"Neymar is one of the best players in the world and it's a great plus to have him in the team", Coutinho said.

Four years after injury cut short his World Cup, before Brazil suffered a humiliating 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany, Neymar is once again spearheading his country's hopes.

Brazil's coach Tite (L) and Brazil's forward Neymar are seen during a training session of Brazil national football team at Yug Sport Stadium, in Sochi, on June 19, 2018, ahead of the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup football tournament. I've had a lot of difficulties and I feel blessed to have made it this far.

Only a handful of players could replicate those numbers, and none of them are in Brazil's squad.

It's believed the issue is related to his ankle, the same ankle he was favouring after taking more than one whack in that area during the course of the game against Switzerland.

2010 winners Spain meanwhile were denied victory by Portugal in a pulsating 3-3 draw, and 2014 runners-up Argentina were left frustrated by debutants Iceland, who successfully nullified Lionel Messi by putting 10 men behind the ball to draw 1-1. Always trying to create.

Brazil will play Costa Rica on Friday and Serbia on 27 June in their remaining two Group E fixtures.

In contrast to Neymar, Coutinho ended the season in sensational form for Barcelona after sealing his dream move from Liverpool.

The star goal scorer reportedly had to miss Brazil's training session as a result of his injury. "We got a draw but this is only the beginning for us. We should have capitalized on our opportunities the same way they did". He didn't appear to look very good.

According to head coach Tite, that record gives the team "inner peace" as they gun for a sixth World Cup title, and their first since 2002. "But I am happy with the way we've been performing".

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