Neymar plays down injury fears ahead of Champions League clash with Liverpool

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Neymar believes the injury he sustained in Brazil’s 1-0 win over Cameroon was “nothing serious”.

The Paris St Germain forward came off in the early stages of Tuesday’s friendly in Milton Keynes due to a groin problem.

After the game, Brazil boss Tite would not discuss the injury, which sparked speculation that the tricky forward could be a doubt for his club's crucial tie against last year's Champions League finalists Liverpool.

Brazil said Neymar would be assessed by PSG, who host Liverpool in the Champions League next Wednesday in a game that is crucial for both clubs.

The player himself said in a message posted on Instagram: “Thanks to everyone who sent me messages wishing a good recovery, I think it was nothing serious.”

Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar also suggested the issue was not a major one.

Lasmar was quoted by SporTV as saying: “He (Neymar) has been evaluated, has already initiated the treatment. (He) will need a little more time for a better evaluation, an image exam, but at first it is nothing important.”

After Neymar came off in the eighth minute at Stadium MK, his replacement, Everton’s Richarlison, scored just before half-time.

Tuesday also saw Neymar’s PSG teammate Kylian Mbappe sustain a shoulder injury.

He was forced off in France’s 1-0 win over Uruguay after an awkward landing.

All eyes will now be back on club football as the international break ends until next year, but with the Champions League just a week away, it will be a nervy few days for PSG fans.

The French giants take on Liverpool sitting just one point behind them in the table with two games left to play.

As things stand, Serie A side Napoli are topping the group, but are joined by Liverpool on six points.

PSG then sit third with five, whilst Red Star sit bottom with four.

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