Neymar will recover from foot injury in time for 2018 FIFA World Cup, says Brazil team's doctor

Neymar is working hard to recover from the foot injury that sidelined him in February and will be back in action by this summer's World Cup, the Brazil team doctor who operated on him promised on Friday.

"Neymar is recovering the best way possible," Rodrigo Lasmar told GloboEsporte.

 Neymar will recover from foot injury in time for 2018 FIFA World Cup, says Brazil teams doctor

File image of Neymar. Reuters

"He is working hard and the expectation is that he will arrive well-prepared so he can take part in excellent World Cup training," Lasmar said.

Neymar, who is recuperating in a Rio de Janeiro coastal mansion, said last week he would not return to the pitch until at least 17 May — the date of his final medical exam following his surgery in Belo Horizonte on 3 March.

That pretty much puts a lid on his season with Paris Saint-Germain — whose last fixture is scheduled against Caen on 19 May — but he remains on track to play in the World Cup in Russia from 14 June to 15 July.

Brazil's players will attend a training camp from 21 to 27 May in Teresopolis, but Lasmar acknowledged that Neymar's time off the pitch means he'll at first need a tailored fitness program in the run-up to the World Cup.

"We need to improve his physical fitness because it has probably decreased. Players recovering from injury deserve individual evaluation to design the best strategy for them," Lasmar said.

The 26-year-old forward — the most expensive player in history — broke a bone in his right foot on 26 February during his team's 3-0 rinsing of Marseille.

But optimistic, he said last week he hoped to bounce back to being even better than before in a bid to earn another star as a world champion with the Brazilian men's national team.

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Updated Date: Apr 28, 2018 17:02:57 IST