Brazil's Douglas Costa, centre, battles for the ball with Costa Rica's Oscar Duarte, right, as Costa Rica's David Guzman watches during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Brazil hit by injures, not even coach escapes medical report

June 23, 2018 - 12:43 pm

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Brazilian doctors have been busy lately at the World Cup, with even the team's coach needing medical attention.

The team says Douglas Costa and Danilo have been ruled out of the match against Serbia on Wednesday, but adds Brazil coach Tite was doing just fine despite undergoing treatment after pulling a muscle while celebrating a goal.

Doctor Rodrigo Lasmar says it is the first time in his career he has had to talk about the coach's condition in his medical report to the media.

There was no reason to joke about Costa and Danilo, though, who will not travel with the rest of the squad for the match against Serbia in Moscow. Danilo had already missed the match against Costa Rica on Friday.

Lasmar says Costa has a right thigh injury and Danilo is nursing a right hip problem.


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