Neymar, headline against South Korea

Neymar is back. As his coach, Tite, acknowledged at a press conference, the PSG star will play against South Korea, this Monday at 974 Stadium. After training this afternoon, at the Gran Hamad Stadium, it was revealed that the Brazilian will start in the momentous round of 16 clash.

Yes, Neymar will play if he trains as he is on Saturday. He is going to train today in the afternoon and will be in the game. He is going to do specific work, so I cannot anticipate any situation. He’ll train and if he’s okay, he’ll play,” Tite said without hesitation. His teammate Thiago Silva, who came out as Tite at a press conference, also stressed that they are very happy to have Neymar back.

The coach also stated that he always wants to have the best starting players: “We, my coaching staff and I, pay the price of being better, but not the price of health. If Neymar plays, it’s because he has the green light from the medical department. I prefer to play, if I can, with the best from the beginning”, he said.

This Saturday, the former Barcelona player trained for the first time with the rest of his teammates since he suffered an injury against Serbia in Brazil’s World Cup debut. Although the first omens were pessimistic about his participation in the round of 16, the evolution of his sprained ankle has been very favorable and the midfielder is ready to play. He will do it as the owner.

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Captain Thiago SIlva also had words for the injured and for Gabriel Jesus and Alex Telles, who said goodbye to the World Cup after suffering knee injuries against Cameroon: “Yesterday, before training, I confess that it was quite a painful moment to see the guys in that situation of not being able to be back on the field with us. The sadness is great. PBut at the same time our path continues, also for them. So we can comfort their hearts by playing our part. I hope they recover as soon as possible. With those who will return, we hope to count. It’s good to see Danilo doing well, Ney on the field, Alex evolving, they’re going to contribute a lot”.

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