Brazilian star, Hulk, known for his superior strength and speed may not be fit to play in Tuesday’s group A match up between Brazil and Mexico.

Hulk, suffered a thigh muscle complication in his leg in their Opening Match win over Croatia 3-1. Hulk had to come out of that game in the 68th minute. Hulk missed training and practice with his team all week and has instead stayed behind in Sao Paolo to receive treatment.

Despite the fact that Brazil might be without one of their stars against attacking Mexico squad who beat them in the London Olympics gold medal game just two years ago, Brazil coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari seems to have no concerns. “I can choose a replacement with my eyes closed- there will be no problem. I have 23 players and I think I’ve selected them well.” He told the media.

In truth, Scolari is correct. In Hulk’s absence, Scolari will more than likely insert Bernard, whom he had replace Hulk in the opening game. With Bernard on the pitch, Brazil is a more attack minded squad, and it showed with two late goals against Croatia.

With Hulk expected to miss the match, one would think Mexico’s coach Miguell Herrera would breathe a sigh of relief, as now he can turn his attention to controlling Brazil’s superstar, Neymar. However when asked about both Hulk and Neymar on Monday, Herrera surprised the media with his response. “Brazil isn’t just Neymar (or Hulk), there are (other) great players that can make the difference.” He said. Herrera was also particularly defiant when asked if they would man-mark Neymar like so many other teams do when they play the A Selecao squad. He said he is not concerned at all about Neymar, but more about what his team needs to do on Tuesday. “Fear isn’t in our dictionary.” He said.