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Neymar Probably Benched against Croatia

06/01/2018 - 12h23

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LUIZ COSENZO AND SÉRGIO RANGEL
LONDON

Brazilian forward Neymar, who is recovering from a right foot injury, is still not ready to play 90 minutes of a soccer game.

He did not participate in the training session that served as the initial practice of Brazil's first teamers for the friendly against Croatia on Sunday (3).

The Paris Saint-Germain player underwent surgery after fracturing his fifth metatarsal on March 3, and should be left out of the main team.

Neither the team's coach nor the doctor Rodrigo Lasmar, who performed the surgery, commented on why Neymar was left off the practice team. Only defensive midfielder Fernandinho commented on the situation.

"That injury is a bit tricky. I went through the same thing when I was younger. It still hurts after some time, bones are complicated", said the Manchester City's player.

Eduardo Anizelli/Folhapress
The Paris Saint-Germain player Neymar in London
The Paris Saint-Germain player Neymar in London

Neymar has not played since February 25, when he was injured in a French league game. He was only able to resume training with a ball on May 17.

Last week, he trained with his team-mates at Granja Comary, and again this week, at Tottenham's Training Center. Last Sunday (27), he said he still did not feel fully recovered from the injury. "I'm still not 100%."

Translated by ANA BEATRIZ DEMARIA

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