Teresopolis: Neymar is making good progress in his recovery from thigh and knee knocks ahead of Friday’s World Cup quarter-final against Colombia, Brazil’s team doctor said on Tuesday.


The Barcelona forward came out of last Saturday’s last-16 win against Chile battered and bruised but has undergone treatment at Brazil’s Teresopolis training base and will train normally on Wednesday. “He took a blow to the left thigh and the right knee, but he has worked alongside the rest of the squad. He is recovering very well,” doctor Jose Luiz Runco said.

For the second day running, those players who started the epic clash against Chile were restricted to indoor work, and Runco hit back at suggestions in the Brazilian media that the team are not training hard enough, with the match against Colombia only three days away. “I need my team to play, not to train,” he said. “They need to rest. They played 120 minutes at one in the afternoon against Chile.”