Tite: Neymar is ready to play against South Korea

Al-Rayyan (Qatar): Forward Neymar will train later on Sunday and play the five-times world champions in their World Cup round of 16 against South Korea on Monday, Brazil coach Tite said, after recovering from an ankle injury. Neymar was injured during Brazil’s 2-0 win over Serbia in the opening group stage, which kept him away from a 1-0 win over Switzerland and a shocking 1-0 defeat by Cameroon, in one of a series of injuries to the team. “Neymar will train later today and if he trains well he will participate,” said Tite in a press conference. Neymar has had several problems with his right foot and underwent surgery four years ago to heal a fractured metatarsal. The news of his return to the starting lineup came after defender Thiago Silva received a question in press conference about the possibility of his participation in the match, but Tite grabbed the microphone and replied: “Yes.” He will be warmly welcomed in a team struggling with fitness issues, as Danilo also picked up ankle injuries against Serbia and Alex Sandro injured his thigh against Switzerland. Both Alex Telles and Gabriel Jesus, who picked up knee injuries against Cameroon, were ruled out for the rest of the tournament on Saturday. Tite said Danilo is also ready to return against South Korea tomorrow, but Sandu will be absent. “He still can’t play,” added the Brazilian coach. He’s still recovering. Danilo Neymar is back. (Reuters)