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Neymar could return against South Korea, says doctor

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BRAZIL’S team doctor says there is a chance that Neymar could feature in their last-16 clash with South Korea as he continues his recovery from injury.

The PSG forward injured his ankle in Brazil’s opening win over Serbia but Rodrigo Lesmar believes “there is a possibility” he could return for the first knockout round. Brazil face South Korea on Monday, with the winner taking on Japan or Croatia.

Neymar could play against South Korea in the last 16 of the World Cup, according to Brazil doctor Rodrigo Lasmar.

The Selecao forward, along with team-mate Danilo, picked up an injury in his country’s opening game against Serbia, putting his involvement for the rest of the tournament in doubt.

Alex Sandro also suffered a problem in the subsequent game against Switzerland.

“Regarding Neymar and Alex Sandro, we think we have time on our hands and there is a possibility,” said team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar.

“Let’s wait what their transition will be – they have still not started to practice with the ball and it’s 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.

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