March 1, 2021
Fifa World Cup 2018 Football News

World Cup 2018: Neymar admits that he is not yet 100 percent game-ready

World Cup 2018: Neymar admits that he is not yet 100 percent game-ready
Neymar in a practice session with PSG. (Digitalsporty copyright photo by David Nick)

With just three weaks for the Football World Cup, legendary Paris Saina Germain and Brazilian striker Neymar admits that he is not yet 100 percent game-ready post the injury that has kept him off the pitch for nearly three months. He however said that there is still enough time for him to fully recover before next month’s FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The footballer from Sau Paulo in Brazil fractured his metatarsal bone of his right foot while playing for PSG against Marseille on February 25. He got back to training in Teresopolis this week.

“I’m not 100 percent ready yet,” he said in a press conference ahead of the Brazilian team’s trip to London on Sunday.

“But time will remedy that. I’m taking it easy. We are still a few days away from the first (World Cup) match and I’ll be more certain by then.”

He said that, although he has sustained injuries in the past, “losing the fear” is the hardest part, but he added that he is “getting better little by little.”

“Playing in a World Cup is a dream,” Neymar said. “I hope (the dream) ends with the title.

After a week of training in Brazil, the national team on Sunday travelled to London for 12 days of preparation at Tottenham. Brazil is slated to play a friendly against Croatia on June 3 but it seems that Neymar will not feature in the match. They will next face Austria in Vienna (June 10), before heading to Russia for the World Cup.

Brazil is placed in Group E alongside Switzerland, Serbia and Central American giants Costa Rica. They will begin their campaign against Switzerland on 17th June.

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