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Neymar returns to training for Brazil

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Neymar returned to training for Brazil on Friday as he steps up his efforts to be ready for the 2019 Copa America.

The injury-prone Neymar gave fans quite a fright earlier this week by limping off with a knee problem. It came following an attempted shot, which left him clutching his left knee soon afterwards.

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) confirmed Neymar had suffered a “discomfort” in his knee and would be closely monitored.

This had stirred fears that Brazil may be without their star forward for this month’s Copa America, which they will play host to this time around.

Not helping things was Neymar’s absence during Brazil’s last two training sessions outside Rio de Janeiro to rest the knee.

But the Paris Saint-Germain forward brushed off fears by assuring supporters it was just a scare in a short interview with TV Globo on Friday. He also insisted he is in good shape with the tournament just two weeks away.

Now, the CBF released a video of Neymar in training on Friday to help calm supporters over his injury.

Brazil will be in action next Thursday against Qatar before playing Honduras three days later in a pair of friendlies.

The Selecao will then begin their Copa America campaign by hosting Bolivia for their Group A opener in Sao Paulo on June 15.

The eight-time champions will be determined to make amends for their group stage exit in 2016. It’s also been 12 years since they last tasted Copa America glory.

Therefore, Neymar’s availability will be crucial in their hopes for glory on home soil this summer.

The former Barcelona star is Brazil’s third highest scorer in history on 60 goals in 96 appearances. Only Ronaldo Nazario (62) and Pele (77) have scored more times.