Report: Willian leaves Brazil training with apparent back injury

by Jul 5, 5:45 PM
Marcelo Regua / Reuters

Brazilian midfielder Willian reportedly left his team's training session Saturday with an apparent back injury suffered as the result of a rough challenge by teammate Hernanes. 

Willian was spotted leaving the pitch with a bag of ice in hand.

Willian hasn't played a significant role for Brazil at the World Cup so far, but he's been identified by many analysts as a likely replacement in Brazil's lineup for Neymar, who will miss the rest of the tournament after fracturing a vertebrae.

According to Sky Sports' Paulo Freitas, Willian's injury isn't considered serious, and team doctors say he could resume training ahead of Brazil's semifinal matchup with Germany.

Feature photo courtesy of Marcelo Regua / Reuters