Brazil star Neymar is hopeful he will be fit enough to play for the country at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Neymar appeared in a promotional event for the Chinese electronic brand TCL in Sao Paulo on Tuesday, walking in on crutches with a protective boot on his right foot.
The Paris Saint-Germain forward said he will not be back playing at least until the second half of May, when he is scheduled to have his final medical exam following a foot surgery.
Neymar broke his metatarsal in PSG’s 3-0 win over Marseille in February. He underwent an operation in Rio de Janeiro and has been recuperating in Brazil since.
He appeared in good spirits despite his injury, and seemed confident his rehab is on track to return him to action before this summer’s tournament in Russia.
Neymar said: “There isn’t an exact date yet. I have the last exam, if I’m not mistaken, on May 17. Then I’ll see, it depends on how things develop, it depends on my next exams. It has not been decided.
“I hope I won’t watch the World Cup on TV! I will have enough time to prepare. It’s evolving well. I will arrive better than I was before.”
Brazil open their World Cup campaign against Switzerland on June 17. They are also in a group with Costa Rica and Serbia.
PSG meanwhile have managed well without Neymar, winning back the Ligue 1 title at the weekend by thumping former champions Monaco 7-1.
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