Brazil's Team Doctor Reveals Bizarre Way Marcelo Injured His Back

Posted June 30, 2018

With the group stage over Brazil have so far failed to dazzle as many expected and their most creative player has been Coutinho, not Neymar. Once he feels good to train, he will return and immediately be ready to play.

Former Brazil global Sylvinho admits that he was "worried" about Neymar before the World Cup began.

For Brazil to achieve this, Neymar, Coutinho, Jesus and their colleagues must step up and show their worth against a very organized and tactically discipline Serbian team. The midfielder hinted he was not used to this type of training load with his team in China.

The magic playmaker made an assist in Brazil's 2-0 win over Serbia on Wednesday.

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Didier Deschamps is likely to rest some key players for the tie after narrow victories over Australia and Peru. After the first game, we said we can play much better than this, but again we were happy that we scored.

All in all, I see Brazil booking their spot at the quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup.

But moments after they beat Serbia 2-0 to secure a quarter-final date with Mexico, the wily coach was once again playing down expectations. "It's all under control".

Brazil's defender Marcelo (centre) reacts after getting injured during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group E football match between Serbia and Brazil at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on June 27, 2018.

Marcelo in action for Brazil. "I'll be back in action soon". Doctors had said Costa's problem was likely to take more time to heal. However, Douglas Costa will miss the game, having suffered a thigh injury after coming off the bench against Costa Rica.