Neymar to Make Return from Foot Injury for Brazil vs. Croatia Friendly

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The world's most expensive player has been fighting back to fitness since he suffered a fractured metatarsal and sprained ankle against Marseille in Ligue 1 on February 25.

Neymar came on at Anfield as a second-half substitute and made a swift impression with a superbly taken goal in the 69th minute as the five-times world champions warmed-up for this month's tournament in Russian Federation.

Neymar will play some part in Brazil's pre-World Cup friendly against Croatia on Sunday, head coach Tite has confirmed.

After his foot surgery in Brazil and with his status for Russian Federation 2018 up in the air, Neymar left no doubts that he's ready to go.

Indeed, Croatia had arguably the better of the chances before Neymar produced his moment of magic, collecting Coutinho's pass and dancing into space before finishing from close range in his first appearance since surgery on a broken foot.




Tite said there was no doubt that Neymar gives them something extra but said that needed to be kept in perspective. "I was expecting much less".

As the half-hour approached, former Anfield favourite Philippe Coutinho fired over and then cut in from the left before sending his attempted shot wildly wide.

"He will have to go through stages - he is going to have his ups and downs but by the third, fourth or fifth game he will be back to his level".

Coutinho also tried to leave Liverpool for Barcelona last summer, but the Reds held on to him for a further six months.

Neymar scored the opening goal in the Selecao's 2-0 triumph, and he signed a personalised dedication to the Real Madrid midfielder on the shirt before handing it to him.

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