Brazil star Neymar has admitted he is in “the most difficult” period of his career ahead of his return from injury for the World Cup.
The Paris Saint-Germain forward has not played since February after having surgery on a broken metatarsal bone in his right foot, which he suffered while playing for the Ligue 1 club against Marseille.
After resuming training with PSG on Sunday, the world’s most expensive player looks set to make his comeback on June 3 for Brazil in their warm-up match against Croatia, with their opener in Russia two weeks later against Switzerland.
Neymar told Brazilian station TV Globo: “Nobody is as scared as me (about returning).
“I know that people are a little anxious, but nobody more than me, nobody is as nervous about my comeback and nobody is more scared than me.
“It’s a very difficult time, right? I think it’s one of the most difficult I’ve ever had, because I’m very close to a dream I have, which is the World Cup.
“Thank God I have this further opportunity, this further chance, to try to be a world champion for my country, which is a dream that I have had since childhood.
“It is my goal. I hope it is my cup.”
Neymar was included in Brazil’s 23-man provisional squad for the World Cup which starts in Russia on June 14, with Tite’s men looking to win the country’s sixth title.