Brazil forward Hulk optimistic he can be fit for Mexico clash despite hamstring complaint
Brazil forward Hulk is optimistic he can be fit for Tuesday’s Group A match against Mexico, despite a continued hamstring complaint.
The 27 year-old was forced to pull out of training on Sunday, just after scoring in a practice match.
Speaking to the media in Teresópolis following the session, Hulk confirmed he has had a continued problem with his left hamstring, but remains confident that he will be ready to face Mexico at the Castelão.
"I felt a pain in my left hamstring,” he told FIFA.com. “It has been there for a few days but it did not stop me from playing in the first game [against Croatia] and God willing it will not stop me from playing in the next match.
"I hope to be 100 per cent ready in two days' time."
Hulk, who played 68 minutes before being substituted for Bernard in Brazil’s 3-1 victory against Croatia, was replaced by Ramires in the practice match which, according to FIFA.com, was between the likely starting eleven to face Mexico and the substitutes.
Whether the Chelsea midfielder would be Hulk’s replacement if he cannot recover in time remains to be seen.