Manchester United's Fred sits out Brazil training session with ankle injury

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Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar described the injury, which happened in London, as a "trauma in his ankle".

Manchester United made their first move to land Fred back in April, Shakhtar Donetsk's CEO has revealed, with the Red Devils eager to beat the competition to a £52.5 million (€60m/$70m) midfielder.

Having only just this week been part of a deal to feature at Old Trafford next season from Shakhtar Donetsk, Brazilian star Fred has suffered an injury on global duty which may put him out of this summer's World Cup tournament in Russian Federation. The severity and extent of the injury will not be known until after a scan is performed tomorrow.

Neymar is still recovering from a foot injury that stopped him from playing for three months but now appears set to start Brazil's final pre-World Cup friendly at Austria on Sunday.

But Neymar returned to form in fine style last week, scoring at Anfield after coming off the bench against Croatia.

He has been included in Tite's World Cup squad but was forced out of a session at Tottenham's Enfield training base, with ice applied to his right ankle.

"Everyone wants to fight for a position, our trainings are very strong, " left-back Marcelo said.

It makes sense for Brazil to rest the 25-year-old and not cause any further damage for the midfield star as their World Cup campaign kicks off on June 17 against Switzerland in Rostov. He had a medical on Monday and returned to training with the Brazil national team the following day.

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