SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Darijo Srna of Croatia and Hulk of Brazil battle for the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

TERESõPOLIS, Brazil – Brazil forward Hulk withdrew early from training with the rest of his team-mates, two days before the host nation's second World Cup Group A match against Mexico.

The 27-year-old Zenit St Petersburg player immediately left the field after scoring in a training game between the likely starting line-up for the match against Mexico and the substitutes.

Hulk, whose place was taken by Ramires, did not look entirely at ease as he returned to the changing room but it remains to be seen if his early withdrawal could see him miss the upcoming game at the Castelao Stadium in northern city Fortaleza.

Depending on the state of Hulk, the indications are that coach Luiz Felipe Scolari will look to field the same team against Mexico as that which beat Croatia 3-1 in Sao Paulo on Thursday. – Sapa-AFP