In the latest Brazil news, Neymar admits he is nervous about making his return from injury but hopes he can help his country lift the World Cup this summer.
The 26-year-old has endured a tough 2017-18 campaign following his world record switch from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.
Neymar had no trouble settling into Ligue 1 action, netting 19 goals in 20 outings, while he added a further six in seven Champions League appearances. However, his season was ended prematurely in February when he sustained a broken foot in the 3-0 triumph at home to Marseille.
The impressive forward returned to his native Brazil for surgery before recently heading back to the French capital to complete his rehabilitation programme.
Reports claim that he is getting close to full fitness but it’s unlikely that he will be risked in Saturday’s final Ligue 1 game against Caen.
Instead, his focus is on the World Cup in Russia this summer, having been confirmed as part of Tite’s 23-man squad as the Selecao eye a sixth world title.
Rather than being risked domestically, his next outing could come in the friendly with Croatia on June 3 as Brazil, who are priced at 4/1 to win the 2018 World Cup with bet365, look to build some momentum.
The former Santos man admits that he is anxious about making his comeback as the world will be keeping a close eye on his progress.
Neymar said: “No-one is as scared as me. I know that people are a little nervous, but nobody is more so than me, no-one is more anxious to make a comeback than me.”
After the disappointment of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Neymar, who helped his nation to Olympic gold on home soil two years later, insists he is desperate to achieve his ultimate dream this summer.
He added: “It’s a very difficult time, I think it’s the most difficult I have had because we are so close to my dream, the World Cup. Thanks to God, I have this new opportunity to become world champion with my country. It’s a dream I’ve had since I was little, it’s my main objective. I hope it will be my Cup.”