Brazil downplays Neymar injuries ahead of quarters

TERESOPOLIS, Brazil (AP) Brazil's football confederation says Neymar will be fit to play in the World Cup quarterfinals against Colombia despite thigh and knee injuries sustained against Chile.

The confederation said team doctor Jose Luiz Runco checked Neymar on Monday and said the player is not a concern for Friday's match in the northeastern city of Fortaleza.

Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari was worried after Saturday's match, saying it could take days for the player to get better and that doctors would have to do their ''best to put him on the pitch.''

Neymar complained of a left thigh injury after Brazil's penalty shootout win over Chile, and Runco said the player also is having treatment after being hit on his right knee.

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