Fans are hoping that Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian striker, Neymar (whose full name is Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior) will be fit enough to play again for the French Ligue 1 champions designate again this season.
The Brazilian forward broke a bone in his foot in the game against Marseille on 26th February and was stretchered off the pitch. Initially, it was thought that he had merely twisted his ankle, but in a subsequent medical examination, it was confirmed that the injury was, in fact, a fractured metatarsal.
The world’s most expensive player
Neymar, who when he was transferred to PSF for the sum of £200.6 million, is currently the world’s most expensive player, has since been sorely missed. So far this season he has bagged 29 goals and accrued 17 assists, two of which were in the game against Marseille.
Neymar’s transfer record could be broken by Harry Kane, thinks Emile Heskey, if indeed Kane does decide to move on.
As PSG’s second highest scorer this season Neymar had played in every one of the club’s Champions League games, but significantly he was forced to miss the game against Real Madrid because of the injury – a game which resulted in defeat and saw the French team’s exit from the tournament.
Recovering in Brazil
To speed his recovery, Neymar flew back to his home city of Belo Horizonte in Brazil. The race for recovery is not only important to PSG, but to the Seleção too – the nickname (which translates to The Squad) given to the Brazilian national team.
After a successful operation, the recent scan he underwent at home in Brazil last Thursday, indicates that his recovery is well on schedule. PSG manager, Unai Emery, was pleased to announce that his 26-year-old missing striker is due to return to France in the near future.
He went on to say that the Brazilian will be anxious to start playing again at the earliest opportunity, but as far as PSG are concerned, they have not yet confirmed what their expectations are after the player’s latest medical check.
The Brazilian national team are tracking Neymar’s recover with keen interest
The Brazilian national team are of course keeping a careful eye on the situation and Doctor Rodrigo Lasmar, the Brazilian Football Confederation’s chief medic, has been following Neymar’s progress closely.
Their aspirations are that the player will be fit in time to play out the last few games of the season in order to speed his return to full match fitness, in readiness for joining Brazils World Cup squad next month.
Brazils team manager, Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, will be announcing his squad in May, and of course, Neymar is expected to be a part of it. It is hoped he will play in the team’s final preparation games against Croatia in England on 3rd June and against Austria in Vienna on 10th June. Brazil kick-off their World Cup campaign with a game against Switzerland, in Rostov, Russia, on 17th June.
PSG – Ligue 1 champions
In the meantime, Paris Saint-Germain have just to play their remaining Ligue 1 games out to lift their seventh league title. Mathematically, they have already won it after thrashing Monaco last weekend 7-1, in a match that irrevocably put this season’s league title beyond any doubt.