World Cup 2014: Brazil Sweat on Neymar Injury, Luiz Gustavo Suspended

Striker Neymar suffered a thigh knock and midfielder Luis Gustavo picked up a second yellow card during Brazil's 3-2 victory over Chile in last 16.

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Last updated on Sunday, 29 June, 2014 09:37 IST
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Brazil will be hoping Neymar gets fit in time for their quarters clash with Colombia.

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Belo Horizonte: Brazil were left to count the cost of Saturday's World Cup last-16 victory over Chile as Neymar suffered a thigh knock and midfielder Luiz Gustavo picked up a second yellow card. (Match Highlights | Pics | Fixtures)

"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," said Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari of Neymar, who took a heavy knock to the thigh after a crunching challenge from Charles Aranguiz with the match just four minutes old.

"I don't understand how you can do that and not be booked," added Scolari of a challenge that left Neymar requiring treatment. (Also read: Brazil three steps from heaven, says Scolari)

Neymar at least managed to complete the game and avoid receiving a yellow card that would have ruled him out of next Friday's quarter-final against Colombia.

However, Brazil will have to do without another key player in that match after midfielder Luiz Gustavo was booked for the second time in the competition.

The Wolfsburg player has been one of the hosts' best performers so far and Scolari may now be forced to recall the under-fire Paulinho, who was dropped from the starting line-up against Chile.

Story first published on: Sunday, 29 June 2014 08:57 IST

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