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Is Neymar playing today in World Cup: When is Brazil star back from ankle injury?

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Discussion of Neymar’s fitness has dominated Brazil’s World Cup campaign thus far.

And that is perhaps no surprise given that Tite’s men have not quite looked themselves since their No.10 limped off in their opening game against Serbia.

That dominant win was followed up by a less convincing 1-0 victory over Switzerland, before the Selecao were beaten by Cameroon. 

No wonder, then, that Brazil fans are so desperate to see their talisman back to face South Korea.

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Is Neymar playing today? 

Asked at his press conference to preview Brazil’s Round of 16 tie whether Neymar would be fit, Tite replied: “Yes.”

He then added: “Neymar will train today in the afternoon [Sunday] and if he trains well he will play.”

What is Neymar’s injury?

Brazil doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said of Neymar’s injury: “The scans showed a lateral ligament injury to Neymar’s right ankle along with a small bone swelling.”

His ankle was already showing signs of severe swelling following his withdrawal against Serbia, as seen below.

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Brazil all-time goal scorers

Neymar’s return comes with him just three goals shy of establishing himself as Brazil’s top goalscorer of all-time.

Pele currently holds the record with 77 goals to his name.

Name Goals Caps Years
Pele 77 91 1957-1971
Neymar 75 122 2010-present
Ronaldo 62 98 1994-2011
Romario 56 70 1987-2005
Zico 48 71 1976-1986
Bebeto 39 75 1985-1998
Rivaldo 35 74 1993-2003
Jairzinho 33 81 1964-1982
Ronaldinho 33 97 1999-2013
Ademir 32 39 1945-1953
Tostao 32 54 1966-1972


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