Neymar’s injury could cost him the World Cup – Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior simply doesn’t have luck with World Cup competitions. His injury on home soil ruled him out of the 2014 World Cup semifinal against Germany, and we all know what happened in that clash. Brazil, the land of football, is in shock after Neymar’s latest injury in Ligue 1 last weekend. The most expensive player in the world has suffered a hairline fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot as well as a twisted ankle in the game against Marseille, after a poor tackle from Bouna Sarr. The first predictions say that the Brazilian superstar will be out for about three months, since he is scheduled to go under the knife in Belo Horizonte next week.
His foot injury has unleashed sharp emotions and concerns. Radio commentator Milton Neves even stated that his homeland just might had lost the World Cup last Sunday. Due to the surgery, the former Barcelona forward will miss the rest of PSG’s season, and the question remains whether he will be fully fit for the start of the World Cup in Russia. According to Brazil fitness coach Fabio Mahseredjian, the injury could actually be a positive thing for Neymar, because he will only concentrate on the recovery and will arrive at the competition fully fresh. The Condederación Brasileña de Fútbol (CBF) will do everything in their power to help the 26-year-old and they believe he will be at peak fitness in mid-June, but the question remains whether he will be ready for the first match in Russia.
Since the full recovery is expected in three months, the PSG hitman faces a race to be fit for the World Cup. Brazil will play against Switzerland in the opening fixture on 17th June. La Nati proved to be a tough nut to crack in the past, and Selecao will need all the help they could get in order to start the competition with a win. Time will tell whether Neymar will lead the attack in this clash.
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