Neymar misses training with knee injury as Brazil prepare for friendly against Qatar in Brasilia
- Neymar sat out Brazil’s training session on Wednesday due tp injury
- He limped out of Tuesday’s first full training after feeling pain in his knee
- The PSG star is still expected to play in a friendly against Qatar on June 5
Neymar sat out Brazil’s training session on Wednesday, a day after he limped off the field with knee pains as the team began its Copa America preparations.
Brazil’s soccer confederation said in a statement that the striker would undergo physiotherapy and gym sessions instead of training with the rest of the team at the Granja Comary training ground outside Rio de Janeiro.
The 27-year-old forward limped out of Tuesday’s first full training after feeling pain in his left knee.
Brazil’s Dani Alves (left) and Gabriel Jesus take part in a training session on Wednesday
Alves was keen to make an impact after being handed the captaincy for Copa America
Philippe Coutinho will be keen to make an impression after a frustrating season at Barcelona
The PSG star is still expected to play a friendly against Qatar on June 5 in Brasilia.
Philippe Coutinho, Dani Alves and Gabriel Jesus werre among the star names who took part in training on Wednesday.
The Copa America starts on June 14, with Brazil playing Bolivia on the opening day.
Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus controls the ball during training in Brazil
Arthur (centre) heads the ball during training at the Granja Comary training complex
Neymar has played only four matches for Paris Saint-Germain since he injured his right foot’s fifth metatarsal in January.
Striker Gabriel Jesus said Neymar ‘obviously is not 100%, but he is at 90%. He is doing well, which is great for us.’
Neymar was also stripped of the captaincy by coach Tite this week, but neither spoken publicly about the decision yet.
Veteran defender Dani Alves will wear the armband during the Copa America.