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Neymar says he ‘needs rest’ ahead of World Cup qualifiers

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Sao Paulo, March 22 (IANS) FC Barcelona forward Neymar has said that he is looking forward to some rest before preparing for the national football team’s World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Paraguay.

Neymar, Juventus defender Dani Alves and Roma goalkeeper Alisson were the last players to arrive at Brazil’s training camp here on Tuesday, reports Xinhua news agency.

The squad trained at the headquarters of Brazilian Serie A club Corinthians before taking a chartered flight to Montevideo, where they will confront Uruguay on Thursday.

“The chance to wear the Brazil shirt is always a privilege, an honour,” Neymar told reporters after his long-haul flight from Barcelona.

“I’ve arrived a little later than the others. I’m going to get some rest to make sure I’m right.”

“It’s going to be a difficult game. Uruguay have a lot of quality, but we are going to prepare ourselves as best we can,” he added.

Brazil, who lead the South American zone World Cup qualifying standings, will also meet Paraguay in Sao Paulo on March 28.

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