Neymar in foot race to be fit

Neymar in foot race to be fit

On the possibility of rushing Neymar back for the Real second leg, experts say that PSG would be taking a huge risk, possibly even jeopardising Neymar's participation at the World Cup in Russian Federation in June and July. "It was a meaningful fracture in a toe in the middle of his foot".

"The recovery period will be between 21/2 and three months".

The world's most expensive footballer arrived in Brazil on Thursday and will undergo surgery on a fractured metatarsal and a sprained ankle in Belo Horizonte on Saturday.

Zidane said "in no way is it a relief that Neymar is not able to play" in next Tuesday's Champions League last-16 second leg, with Madrid leading 3-1.

Brazilians' attention is entirely trained on the World Cup, where they have ambitions of walking away with a sixth title after the humiliation of crashing out 7-1 to Germany in the 2014 semi-finals on home soil - a match Neymar missed after picking up an injury in the last eight against Colombia.

Globo Esporte were first to report on Tuesday morning that the Brazilian worldwide would miss two months of football, threatening his participation in PSG's Ligue 1 and Champions League campaigns, plus his country's preparations for the World Cup in Russian Federation this summer. "I can affirm that there is sufficient time for him to be ready for the first match in the World Cup".

"Neymar is, of course, upset, sad, down", surgeon Rodrigo Lasmar said.

Neymar has scored 28 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions for PSG since his 222 million-euro ($264 million) move from Barcelona last August.

While Neymar faces a race against time to play in the World Cup finals, there's another star striker who fancies his chances of being on the pitch in Russian Federation.

There may, however, be a silver lining in Neymar's forced absence from competitive games, says Cristiano Nunes, the physio for Brazilian first division club Internacional in Porto Alegre. He won't be at that level when the World Cup begins but he has a good chance of reaching it by July 15, the day of the final.

"The league is alive and I am optimistic, always, until the end". "Not only will Neymar have time to get back in shape but he'll return with a real desire to play football and to show his potential".

Neymar was sitting in a wheelchair when he arrived in Rio. The luxury residence has the facilities that would allow the star's medical team to run a full physiotherapy program, the report said.

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