Brazilian football star Neymar said Friday he would be well enough to play in the FIFA World Cup™ in June despite a foot injury that could force him to miss the rest of the club season. The 22-year-old Barcelona forward injured his left foot Wednesday during a 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid in Spain's Copa del Rey final.
Barcelona said Thursday he would be on the sideline for four weeks and could miss the rest of the club season. With less than two months to go, Neymar however promised to be healthy on time to play in the World Cup.
"I always had a bit of fear that the injury would force me to stay out ... of the World Cup," Neymar told Globo TV. "But within the next three weeks I'll be back and I hope to play Barcelona's last game."
Brazil coach Felipe Scolari plans for Neymar to lead his country's hopes for a sixth World Cup title on home soil in June. In the meantime Neymar will stay in shape by exercising with weights and in the pool, the medical department of Brazil's national team said after talking with Barcelona.
"It's horrible to be out, without training, without playing, and to see your comrades playing and training," he told Globo.