Will he have the last laugh?

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 22 Jun 2018 14:10:28





A BATTERED and bruised Neymar will aim to get Brazil’s World Cup campaign back on track here Friday as the pretournament favourites seek to re-assert their title credentials with victory over Costa Rica. Neymarwasgivena roughride in Brazil’s disap pointing1-1draw with Switzerland on Sunday, fouled 10 times during the match, the most for any player in a single World Cup game for 20 years. The world’s most expensive player then set alarm bells ringing when he hobbled out of training onTuesday in full view of the cameras. However, he returned to the training pitch 48 hours ahead of the clash in Saint Petersburg,raising hopes he will feature. Even before his latest setback, there were doubts over Neymar’s fitness heading into the World Cup after a three-month layoff. The Switzerland clash was his first competitive game for nearly four months after a broken bone in his right foot ended his club season with Paris Saint Germain in February.To the frustration of many in the French capital, Neymar returned home for much of his recovery process with the intention of being fully fit for the World Cup.