Neymar suffered a sprained ankle and a fractured foot during Paris Saint-Germain’s 3-0 victory over Marseille, and is currently responding to treatment in Brazil ahead of the 2018 World Cup scheduled later this year in Russia.
Image shows Neymar writhing in pains during the match against Marseille
In response to media speculations that Neymar may not recover on time to represent Brazil at the global soccer fiesta, Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus says the PSG ace will lead his country’s bid to win a sixth trophy at the World Cup.
Neymar underwent surgery in Brazil last week, with barely three months before the football tournament.
Jesus, who has been Neymar’s strike partner throughout the qualification rounds and since Tite took over as coach in June 2016, confirmed last weekend that he received a message from the injured forward.
“Neymar sent me a message right after his injury,” said Jesus, “and I told him how I felt and how my recovery was…He is a fighter and everything is going to be fine.”
Jesus recently bounced back from injury and scored on his first start after staying on the sidelines for over two months. He found the net during City’s 2-1 Champions League defeat by Basel on Wednesday after recovering from knee ligament damage.
However, Jesus admitted that Neymar will need psychological support and a good rest to overcome the “fear” that a potential injury setback could cost him his place at the World Cup.
Since the surgery in Belo Horizonte earlier this March, the Brazil forward’s recovery is being supervised by Ricardo Rosa, his former physio at first club Santos.
Neymar is not expected back in France within the next month and a half, reports say, and this implies he will likely stay until after the World Cup.