Brazil Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari Hopeful over Neymar World Cup Injury Concerns

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Brazil Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari Hopeful over Neymar World Cup Injury Concerns
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Brazil are hopeful that star man Neymar will be available for the World Cup quarter-final against Colombia, reported BBC Sport.

The Barcelona forward picked up a thigh injury following a strong challenge on him from Charles Aranguiz during the early stages of the second-round victory over Chile on Saturday.

But Brazil head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari insists the team staff will do all they can to ensure Neymar is fit for the last-eight game against their South American rivals in Fortaleza on Friday.

Scolari was quoted as saying:

We will do our best to put him on the pitch.

Neymar needs to be valued for what he did because it was a big effort.

He played 75 minutes of the match after a strong hit on the thigh and we couldn't understand how somebody hits with that strength and gets no card.

Neymar remained on the pitch for the full 120 minutes of the match before taking one of the penalties in the shootout win over the Chileans.

The forward admitted the win over Chile had been an emotional experience, as the Daily Telegraph reported.

Neymar was quoted as saying:

We really suffered. It was pure emotion. My tears after the game were of happiness

We know that it was not one of our best matches but the desire to win, and get through to the next round, was huge. It was the most I have ever suffered in football.

Today I had everything. I took a knock, I had cramp. Now all I want to do is rest.

The former Santos player has been the star man for the host nation so far in the tournament, scoring four goals in the group stages to ensure progress from Group A.

But his absence would be a major blow for Scolari and his team after Brazil failed to impress in their second-round tie against Chile.

Both team and country will be hoping for a swift return to full fitness for Neymar ahead of the quarter-final against Colombia, who were in fine form as they defeated Uruguay 2-0 in their second-round match.

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