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Neymar fit for quarter-final

Neymar will be fit to play in Brazil’s quarter-final against Colombia after overcoming injury concerns.

Brazil Team doctor Jose Luiz Runco consulted with Neymar on Monday and has ascertained that the thigh and knee injuries Neymar sustained against Chile will not hinder his involvement in the game.

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

Confederation spokesman Rodrigo Paiva said Neymar will, at the most, miss some training this week ahead of the crucial match.

"The worst is the knee, it's what's hurting the most," Paiva said.

"He may be rested from practice if needed.

\"He will be evaluated again, but Runco said fans don't have to worry because he's not a concern for the match."

Neymar was subjected to heavy challenges during the match against Chile, and twice he had to leave the pitch for treatment. He claimed to play the remainder of the game in pain but scored one of the spot-kicks that won Brazil the game.

Team-mate Fernandinho spoke of the team's concern over a possible absence.

He said: "We just hope Neymar can recover as fast as possible so he can be ready for our next match."

Brazil doctors said three other players were undergoing treatment following the Chile game, although none of the injuries were serious.

Midfielder Luiz Gustavo, who is out against Colombia because he received his second yellow card, was nursing a right knee injury, while playmaker Oscar had a deep scratch on his left thigh.

Defender David Luiz was recovering from a back problem sustained before the Chile match.