Brazil coach Tite says Neymar is not 100 per cent fit ahead of their World Cup opener against Switzerland.
The Paris Saint-Germain star has been battling back from injury, having suffered a fractured metatarsal and sprained ankle in February, but the 26-year-old is expected to start on Sunday when five-time world champions Brazil face Group E rivals Switzerland in Rostov-on-Don.
Coach Tite, who is likely to be without Manchester United-bound midfielder Fred due to an injury suffered in training, feels Neymar has shown some positive signs of recovery but also expressed the need for caution.
“Neymar is still not 100 per cent, but he is very privileged physically,” said Tite, in quotes reported by fifa.com.
“The level he has displayed in his sprints in high velocity has been impressive. But still he has something to gain.
“It should happen sooner rather than later, hopefully.”