Neymar has returned to training for Brazil and is optimistic of making the team’s squad ahead of their Round of 16 match against South Korea.
Neymar injured his right ankle in the Brazil’s opening match of the World Cup against Serbia.
There were fears that the 30-year-old could be sidelined for the remainder of the tournament but Brazil boss Tite has confirmed the good news for his side.
“If he practices OK, he will be playing tomorrow,” Tite told a news conference via an interpreter.
Earlier that day, Neymar posted two pictures of himself in training on Twitter, accompanied by the caption: ‘I feel good, I knew that I would now’ in reference to James Brown’s song ‘I Got You’.
“If he plays, it’s because he is in full health and ready to start, to play from the beginning and the entire game with no limitations,” Tite said.
“My preference is always to play my best players from the start.”
Tite confirmed that Danilo, who also injured his ankle in the 2-0 win against Serbia, will be available to play. Neither players was available to play in the 1-0 win against Switzerland or the 1-0 loss to Cameroon.
Having Neymar available would be a significant boost for Brazil, especially with Gabriel Jesus having been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup.