Rio de Janeiro - 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 Friday.
"Neymar is recovering the best way possible,"
Rodrigo Lasmar told GloboEsporte.
"He is working hard and the expectation is that he will
arrive well-prepared so he can take part in excellent World Cup training,"
Neymar who is recuperating in a Rio de Janeiro coastal
mansion, said last week he would not return to the pitch until at least May 17
- the date of his final medical exam following his surgery in Belo Horizonte on
That pretty much puts a lid on his season with Paris
Saint-Germain - whose last fixture is scheduled against Caen on May 19 - but he
remains on track to play in the World Cup in Russia from June 14 to July 15.
Brazil's players will attend a training camp from May 21 to
27 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
"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 February 26 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.