Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Brazil's Neymar is recovering 'better than expected' for World Cup

Brazil's Neymar is recovering 'better than expected' for World Cup Brazil's Neymar is recovering 'better than expected' for World Cup
Shannon Reynolds | 24 May, 2018, 14:28

From Vienna, Brazil will head for the Russian city of Sochi, where the teams will remain during the first phase of the World Cup.

Coutinho completed his first La Liga campaign with Barcelona on Sunday after making a mid-season switch from Liverpool, and now his attention will turn to global duty.

In a press conference afterwards, the team's medical staff praised Neymar's progress and suggested that his recovery is ahead of schedule. He'll be ready, he's already training with the ball, dribbling and now we're going to try and advance his process. "I can't comment on the expectation that he'll participate in those matches", he admitted.

It is not yet confirmed, though, whether he will play any part in Brazil's warm-up fixtures against Croatia and Austria on June 3 and June 10, respectively. He plays at a very high level, and he can do unique things to help us.

"It is hard to speak in percentages, we always want to improve more", said Mahseredjian. The team opens their World Cup campaign against Switzerland on June 17.

REUTERS  Phil Noble
REUTERS Phil Noble

The Selecao have more than enough quality in their ranks to win all three of those matches even without Neymar.

Neymar is expected to step up the intensity of his training in the coming days.

The PSG winger was stretchered off injured against Marseille in February after colliding with midfielder Bouna Sarr, and it was originally thought that he may miss the World Cup after "severely" injuring his ankle.

They stormed through the notoriously hard South American qualifiers, and have been put in a group with Costa Rica, Switzerland and Serbia.

Being Brazil's key player, the former Barcelona forward has been the centre of huge speculation over whether he will be fit to participate in Russian Federation.

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