Neymar Injury: Updates on Brazil Star's Thigh and Recovery

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJune 29, 2014

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Updates from Wednesday, July 2

Sky Sports report Neymar expects to play in Brazil's upcoming World Cup match against Colombia:

Speaking after participating in Brazil's training session at their Teresopolis base, Neymar said: "I am able to play against Colombia. I have no pain. I feel very well trained and rest assured, I'm fine."

Updates from Tuesday, July 1

Neymar is not expected to miss Brazil's World Cup quarter-final with Colombia, according to team doctor Jose Luiz Runco.

Confederation spokesman Rodrigo Paiva revealed the following, per the Daily Mail's John Drayton:

The worst is the knee, it’s what’s hurting the most. He may be rested from practice if needed. He will be evaluated again, but Runco said fans don’t have to worry because he’s not a concern for the match.

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Brazilian forward Neymar reportedly picked up a thigh injury during his team's 2014 World Cup round-of-16 win over Chile on Saturday, and he may need several days of rest to recover in time for Brazil's pivotal quarter-final clash with Colombia.    

Per The Seattle Times, the forward suffered swelling in his right thigh, and manager Luiz Felipe Scolari isn't certain his star player will be back in time for the next match:

Brazil forward Neymar has a swollen right thigh after Saturday's penalty shootout win against Chile at the World Cup and may need several days to recover.

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari says he expects Neymar's injury to be a problem for up to four days and that "we will try to do our best to put him on the pitch."

Neymar has been Brazil's standout performer so far during the World Cup, leading the team with four goals. He wasn't at this best against the Chileans, however, and perhaps the injury was already bothering him heading into the match, though that remains unclear at this time.

The round-of-16 fixture was a physical one, so it's also possible the injury came as a result of one of the many hard tackles he suffered during the match.

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The Selecao have struggled for creativity at times during the tournament, and they have grown very dependent on flashes of brilliance from their star striker. Fellow forwards Hulk and Fred have failed to find the target with consistency so far, so losing Neymar would be a significant blow to Brazil's title chances.

Colombia have had no concerns in front of goal, with James Rodriguez leading all World Cup players in the hunt for the Golden Boot. The challengers are in excellent form heading into the quarter-finals, so Brazil will need Neymar to be at his very best to continue their run in the tournament.  

Jo was the first striker off the bench against Chile, and he was particularly wasteful in front of goal. If he were to be the man to replace Neymar on Friday, it would truly present a tremendous drop-off in quality in the striker position.