Silva backs Neymar to shine ahead of Brazil’s World Cup opener

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Neymar Jr and Thiago Silva

Mueez Ajao

– Brazil captain Thiago Silva says we will see a “better Neymar” at this World Cup after injury hampered his past two tournaments.

– Neymar missed the 2014 semi-final with a back injury, and struggled for full fitness during the 2018 tournament after foot surgery earlier in the year.

– However, he arrives in Qatar fully fit and having scored 15 goals in 20 games for Paris St-Germain this season.

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– “I think Neymar is coming into this competition in great form,” said Silva.

– “His preparation this time has been different. In 2014 he got injured just as he was playing so well, and in 2018 he came into the tournament in a different way because he had a serious injury so hadn’t played much.

– “Now with a different preparation, without any injury and any worry, we see a better Neymar.”

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