Look who’s back! Injured Neymar pays visit to Brazil squad as they prepare for their Copa America meeting with Peru
- Neymar paid a visit to his Brazil team-mates on Friday before they face Peru
- The £198m Paris Saint-Germain star is currently sidelined through an injury
- He was all smiles as team-mates trained for their next Copa America clash
Brazil’s squad took a break from their Copa America preparations as they received a visit from injured talisman Neymar on Friday.
The Samba star is having to sit out the entire tournament, taking place across Brazil, having sustained ligament damage in a pre-Copa America friendly against Qatar.
But despite knowing he can play no part in a potential trophy-winning tournament, the Paris Saint-Germain ace was all smiles as he reunited with players and staff at their base in Sao Paulo.
Neymar paid a visit to his Brazil team-mates as they prepare for their next Copa America game
He was full of smiles and laughter as he gripped the face of attacking full-back Filipe Luis
Reuniting with Barcelona attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho saw him embrace in a hug
There was good will in the air and happiness to see Neymar as he spends time out injured
Neymar posted 10 photos on his Instagram account which showed him hugging his team-mates and being embraced by Head Coach Tite during the visit.
The caption with the images read: ‘Friends & companions .. honor and satisfaction in being part of this group!’
While the visit gave the remainder of the squad a lift, attention soon turned back to matters in hand with a final group stage game against Peru taking place on Saturday.
Brazil captain Thiago Silva gives Neymar a hug while he eats some food at their team base
Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho shared a joke with Neymar as he got a warm welcome
Brazil head coach Tite was delighted to see the country’s talisman despite his inability to play
Tite’s players are top of Group A, level on points with Peru on four after the opening two matches.
The two sides meet in Sao Paulo knowing that top spot could be vital for the remainder of the tournament in terms of the way the draw will play out.
It is testament to his team-mates and the staff that Neymar’s absence has not proved costly so far.
While Lionel Messi and Argentina are on the verge of an embarrassing group stage exit, Brazil are handling expectations and remain favourites to win the entire tournament.
But after a 0-0 draw against Venezuela last time out, Tite is expected to make a handful of changes for the final game of the group.
‘We weren’t effective enough in the attack,’ Tite said after the Venezuela draw.
‘We needed to be more precise up front to be able to translate our superiority into goals.’
Brazil’s players have been hard at work without Neymar as they prepare to face Peru in Group A
Everton looks to control the ball in training as Brazil know a win will secure them top spot
Brazil are the tournament favourites given it takes place on home soil and they are excelling