Sochi: Brazil forward Neymar left training early on Tuesday after feeling pain in his right ankle and was to spend the rest of the day undergoing physiotherapy, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said.
“He was feeling pain thanks to the large number of fouls he suffered in the Switzerland game,” a spokesman told reporters. “He complained of pain and so he went to physio and he will train normally tomorrow.”
Neymar stopped training in Sochi after a few minutes, leaving his team mates to continue preparations for their second World Cup game against Costa Rica in St Petersburg on Friday.
Neymar was fouled 10 times in the first match against Switzerland which Brazil drew 1-1.
The Paris St Germain forward was subdued in the match and unrecognisable from the man who became the world’s most expensive footballer when he left Barcelona last August to join the French champions.
Neymar was out all of March, April and May with a fractured right foot and sprained ankle after he was injured in a French league match in late February.
Meanwhile, the CBF has asked Fifa why the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) was not used to review two key decisions they believe hindered their side during Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Switzerland.
Brazil players complained long and hard that defender Miranda was pushed by Steven Zuber when he struck Switzerland’s on Sunday.
They also believe Gabriel Jesus should have been awarded a penalty.
“The CBF requires to know from Fifa the reason the technology was not used in key incidents during the game,” the organisation said in a statement.