Neymar set to face Colombia

Neymar is fully fit and ready to lead Brazil one step closer to their first World Cup on home soil.

Neymar scored what proved to be the decisive penalty against Chile last week, but was battered and bruised by the end of the second-round clash in Belo Horizonte.

The Barcelona forward had to leave the pitch for treatment on two occasions after knocks to his knee and thigh. But Neymar is making good progress and says he will be fit to take part in Brazil’s quarter-final clash against Colombia in Fortaleza tomorrow.

Neymar said: “I am able to play against Colombia. I have no pain. I feel very well trained and I’m fine.”

Saturday’s penalty shoot-out win over Chile also took its toll on the players psychologically. Several of the Brazil squad broke down in tears after the 3-2 shoot-out win at the Estadio Mineirao. As a result, coach Luiz Felipe Scolari decided to summon the team’s psychologist to the training ground at the start of the week.

“The game against Chile was exciting for everyone,” Neymar said.

“But the team does not have any emotional problem in the group.”


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