Sunday, November 28, 2021

Neymar will be ready for World Cup in Russia, national team doctor says

Brazil’s Neymar during a international friendly soccer match at Wembley Stadium in London, Britain, 14 November 2017. EFE

Sao Paulo, Brazil, Apr 27 (EFE).- Neymar Jr., out with a broken foot since February, will be ready to play at the World Cup in Russia, Brazil’s team doctor said on Friday.

Rodrigo Lasmar carried out the surgery on the Paris Saint-Germain player, who broke the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot on Feb. 25 during a match against Marseille.

“The expectation is for Neymar to arrive well prepared for the World Cup”, Lasmar told GloboEsporte.

“Our objective is that he recovers as well as possible”, Lasmar added.

The doctor said the PSG and Brazil star was recovering “in the best way possible” and within the “planned time frame”, but admitted that Neymar would require intense physical conditioning and training in order for him to be ready to play, having been out of action since the end of February.

“We need to improve his physical condition. Players returning from injury deserve an individual assessment to draw up the best possible strategy for them”, Lasmar added.

Neymar had surgery on his broken right foot on Mar. 3, and is currently recovering at his home in Mangaratiba, near Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil kick off their World Cup campaign with a Group E match on Jun. 18 against Switzerland.