The sense of panic among the five-time world champions grew this weekend when the forward admitted that he is still not feeling 100% with the tournament now just over two weeks away
Egypt aren’t the only country heading to the 2018 World Cup in Russia sweating over the fitness of their best player and talisman.
Brazil are also sweating as Neymar a>continues his recovery from a foot injury. And the sense of panic among the five-time world champions grew this weekend when theParis Saint-Germaina>forward admitted that he is still not feeling 100% with the tournament now just over two weeks away.
“Physically I am well, my foot is fine. I am adapting in a few things. I still feel some discomfort, but it is not something that will trouble me,” the 26-year-old told journalists at Brazil’s football confederation headquarters iRio de Janeiro.a>
Asked how well he was feeling now, Neymar answered: “Not 100 percent yet. But that comes with time. It is normal that I have this fear of making complete movements. Let’s take it easy, there are still many days until the (World Cup) opener and I will be 100 percent then.”
Neymar has not played a match since February but hopes to be on the pitch again in Brazil’s friendly against Croatia on June 3 in Liverpool.
“I am ready to play, there is nothing that can stop me,” he said. “What I feel today is this fear because I am coming back now.”
The Brazilian was forced to leave the 2014 World Cup with a vertebral fracture in the 2-1 victory against Colombia in the quarterfinals.