Brazil’s Neymar ‘scared’ ahead of World Cup return from injury

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.