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Neymar anxious about foot as he prepares to return from injury

Neymar anxious about foot as he prepares to return from injury

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. "I'm scared", he confessed.

However, the Brazilian worldwide called time on his Camp Nou career by completing a world record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.

"No-one is as scared as me", Neymar told TV Globo as he nears full fitness.

The 26-year-old is reportedly unhappy in France and has been linked with Manchester United, as well as a shock move to Real Madrid. "But I think I will meet him because we'll be spending a lot of time with him". I think it's one of the most hard I've ever had, because I'm very close to a dream I have, which is the World Cup.

The Brazilian has refused to talk about the speculation and said he is concentrating on recovering from a foot injury in time for next month's World Cup.Messi, the five-times World Player of the Year, said he was looking forward to the tournament in Russian Federation and was targeting at least a semi-final place with Argentina.

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All but one of coach Tite's starting line-up in World Cup qualifiers was confirmed in the squad Monday: Alisson; Miranda, Marquinhos and Marcelo; Casemiro, Paulinho, Renato Augusto and Philippe Coutinho; Neymar and Gabriel Jesus.

'Brazil are my favourites, ' he added.

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has repeatedly insisted Neymar is not for sale and the player himself hinted that he is staying put after modelling the club's new kit for next season.

The five-times world champions will also play Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E. Despite this, and the master turnaround completed after taking over the reins from the widely-loathed - at least in a management capacity, that is - Dunga, expect the knives to be sharpened for Brazil's head honcho in the event of anything less than victory and a record sixth World Cup title.


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