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 By Tom Marshall

Tite: Brazil's Neymar to start vs. Costa Rica, needs five games to regain full fitness

After returning to training, Neymar says he's feeling better physically and hopes to improve in Brazil's second group stage game against Costa Rica.
Neymar returned to Brazil's training after sustaining an injury during Tuesday's training session.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley says Neymar's 'circus' in Brazil's draw against Switzerland and subsequent injury news are a distraction to the team.

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Neymar will start against Costa Rica on Friday but may need to play five games before he's fully fit, Brazil coach Tite said after the star forward left training on Tuesday with an ankle injury.

Brazil, one of the favourites for the World Cup, could only manage a draw in their opening Group E match against Switzerland as Neymar played in just his second game since breaking a bone in his foot in February.

"It's still the same prognosis. He played his first 90 minutes [against...

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Manchester United complete Fred signing from Shakhtar Donetsk

Steve Nicol explains why Fred is a great addition to Manchester United's midfield and why the club were smart to seal the move before the World Cup.

Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Brazil international midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk.

Fred, 25, has agreed a five-year contract at Old Trafford club and becomes their second first-team signing of the summer.

"Fred will complement our other midfielders' qualities, which we need; his creative brain and passing vision will give us another dimension to our game," United manager Jose Mourinho told the club's website.

"I am very happy he is joining our club and I believe our players...

FIFA dismisses Brazil's video assistant review complaint from Switzerland draw

Neymar returned to Brazil's training after sustaining an injury during Tuesday's training session.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley says Neymar's 'circus' in Brazil's draw against Switzerland and subsequent injury news are a distraction to the team.

SOCHI, Russia -- The Brazilian soccer federation says FIFA has dismissed its complaint over the use of video review in the team's World Cup opener against Switzerland.

The federation said on Wednesday that FIFA didn't specifically address the plays contested by Brazil: non-calls on a push inside the area before Switzerland's equaliser and a penalty shout on Gabriel Jesus.

It said FIFA reiterated VAR is used only to eliminate clear and obvious mistakes by the officiating crew.

The federation said...

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Neymar returns to Brazil's World Cup training: 'The foot is fine'

Neymar returned to Brazil's training after sustaining an injury during Tuesday's training session.
Joao Castelo-Branco shares his thoughts on Brazil's statement that Neymar was given permission to leave training after he limped out of the session.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley says Neymar's 'circus' in Brazil's draw against Switzerland and subsequent injury news are a distraction to the team.

Neymar resumed training with Brazil at their World Cup base in Sochi, Russia, one day after leaving the session early with what was said to be pain in his right ankle.

"I trained well, I felt really comfortable. The foot is fine," the Paris Saint-Germain forward said in an interview with the Brazilian confederation's TV channel, referring to his foot and not his ankle.

The forward missed training on Monday and joined his teammates for only 15 minutes on Tuesday, with doctor Rodrigo Lasmar saying...