Neymar Confident He Will Return from Injury in Time for 2018 World Cup

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistApril 18, 2018

Brazilian PSG's footballer Neymar Junior takes part in a promotional event of the Chinese consumer electronic brand TCL for the media, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on April 17, 2018.
Brazilian superstar Neymar said Tuesday that he won't be back playing at least until the second half of May, when he is scheduled to have his final medical exam following foot surgery. / AFP PHOTO / Nelson ALMEIDA        (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar has said he is confident he will return to full fitness in time for this summer's FIFA World Cup

The Brazil international has been out of action since February 25 after breaking his metatarsal in a game against Marseille. As a result, he appears set to miss the rest of the domestic season.

However, speaking at a promotional event in China (h/t Matthew Smith of MailOnline), the Selecao star appeared optimistic about making a return prior to the showpiece in Russia.

"There isn't an exact date yet," Neymar said. "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."

Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar holds a press conference in Doha on December 21, 2017, during a winter training camp in Qatar.  / AFP PHOTO / KARIM JAAFAR        (Photo credit should read KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Brazil's first match of the competition will be against Switzerland on June 17. They will then meet Costa Rica on June 22 and Serbia five days later.

The world's most expensive footballer posted a picture on social media after appearing at the event. In the photo it's clear his foot is still heavily strapped:

Neymar Jr @neymarjr

It was a great honor to be present in the TCL & NEYMAR JR Global Press Conference. Thx for the gift from China and let’s meet the challenge head-on this summer @TclCorporation @TCL_TV_Global @TCLaircon #TCL #TCLTV #TCLMultimedia #WitnessLegendsInBrazil #BornALegend https://t.co/bt7mEDRh8Z

The schedule of recuperation provided by Neymar isn't great news for PSG supporters, as it makes it unlikely he will play again this domestic season. Their final Ligue 1 match of the campaign is on May 19 against Caen.

Neymar made the switch from Barcelona to PSG in the summer and in the main he's been excellent for the French outfit. In total, he netted 28 goals prior to his injury, helping the team secure a dominant position at the summit of their domestic league.

As relayed by The Sportsman, Neymar has typically shone when donning the colours of his national team too:

The Sportsman @TheSportsman

🇧🇷 Neymar's record for Brazil... - Games: 83 - Goals: 53 (✍️ @TomSandersonSP) #SeleçãoBrasileira https://t.co/qMAmlvRqYk

Although the 25-year-old tends to light up a match when on the field, things haven't gone completely to plan for the Brazilian this season at PSG.

Former France international and World Cup winner Christophe Dugarry slammed Neymar on RMC Sport for not being in Paris when his team clinched the title on Sunday following a 7-1 win over former champions Monaco:

B/R Football @brfootball

👀 https://t.co/gTACUuI7m8

The World Cup will be another opportunity for Neymar to showcase his talents, and he will hope injury doesn't hinder his ability to help Brazil for the second successive competition.

In 2014, the forward was in sensational form as Brazil hosted the competition, helping the team progress into the quarter-finals. However, he picked up a back injury in the win against Colombia and missed the rest of the tournament; the Selecao went on to be humiliated 7-1 in the semi-finals by Germany.