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Neymar is fit for quarters

Teresopolis: Neymar will be fit to play in Friday’s quarter final against Colombia, in Fortaleza, a spokesman for the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) confirmed on Monday.

“It is not a problem. He is undergoing treatment for a heavy knock to the (right) knee and another lesser knock to the (left) hamstring,” CBF communications director, Rodrigo Paiva, said. “It might reduce his involvement in training, but there is no risk for the game.”

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari had raised some doubt as to Neymar’s chances of playing against Colombia after he came out of Saturday’s dramatic Round of 16 win against Chile battered and bruised.

“We need to evaluate it but we should have three, four or five days to try and make sure he can play the next game,” he said. However, the Barcelona forward continued playing and scored a crucial penalty in the shootout.

Paiva added that David Luiz had “improved a lot” after back trouble initially put his involvement against Chile in some doubt.