Injuries raise doubts about Brazil’s World Cup preparations

Costa in action for Brazil. Image PA

Marcelo limped off the field in the 10th minute of Wednesday's game against Serbia. This might cause big problems against a team like Brazil. Once he feels good to train, he will return and immediately be ready to play.

For Mexico, the prospect of facing mighty Brazil with everything on the line is "the flawless scenario", the 31-year-old Guardado said. The midfielder hinted he was not used to this type of training load with his team in China.

"We were anxious about him a month ago, because we didn't know how Neymar would be in the national team - when a player like him is out for three-and-a-half months with an injury, it's very hard".

"It is still too early to make an accurate diagnosis", said Dr Lasmar.

Marcelo (left) was substituted due to a freaky injury in Brazil's 2-0 win over Serbia. "It's all under control".

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Andres Guardado has called on the referee to watch Neymar closely when Mexico take on Brazil in the World Cup last 16 because he "likes to exaggerate fouls".

Marcelo in action for Brazil.

Costa and Danilo, who was nursing a hip injury, did not travel with the rest of the squad for the match against Serbia in Moscow. However, Douglas Costa will miss the game, having suffered a thigh injury after coming off the bench against Costa Rica.

Despite a spirited first half with several shots on goal from Costa Rica (few and far between in the match against Brazil), La Sele ended the first half down by one.

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