Brazilian superstar Neymar missed training on Monday following concerns about his left foot to hand the five-time world champions fresh concerns about his fitness.
The Paris Saint Germain (PSG) forward lasted for the entire duration of the game as Brazil played out a disappointing 1-1 draw with Switzerland in their opening match at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia.
He was a subject of rough treatment from the Swiss and was fouled 10 times during the game which was his first competitive match since he suffered a metatarsal injury in PSG colours in February.
The ex-Barcelona man suffered ten fouls alone in the Group F clash on Sunday night.
According to the Brazilian football federation, Neymar sat out training alongside Thiago Silva and Paulinho as he stayed in the gym or worked with the physiotherapy.
On Neymar’s fitness, team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said: “[It is] nothing to worry about. It’s normal to do it after the match.”
Phillipe Coutinho, who scored Brazil’s lone goal against Switzerland, also confirmed that his teammate is okay. He said: “Yes, Switzerland hit us a lot… but all matches will be like this, I guess.”
“We’re talking about a World Cup so everybody will try to defend their game.
“Neymar is OK, of course. But, as you can see during the match, sometimes the opponents make turns to foul and in many passes when it’s not necessary to foul, you have it and the match gets paralysed — but that’s how it is.” He concluded.