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Neymar says knee pains just a scare, returns to training

Brazil v Belgium: Quarter Final - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

KAZAN, RUSSIA - JULY 06: Neymar Jr of Brazil reacts during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Quarter Final match between Brazil and Belgium at Kazan Arena on July 6, 2018 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Neymar believes his left knee problem picked up in Copa America preparations was just a scare.

He says he is in good shape for the tournament which begins in two weeks.

The Brazil striker sat out two training session outside Rio de Janeiro to rest the knee. In a quick interview with TV Globo on Friday, he calmed fans who worried about his fitness.

Neymar limped out of Brazil’s first full training on Tuesday.

He has played only four matches for Paris Saint-Germain since his return in April from a right-foot injury.

Brazil’s soccer confederation would not confirm whether he will take part in training on Friday.