Brazil superstar Neymar is pretty optimistic about his chances of leading the Selecao at the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.
The mercurial forward suffered a broken metatarsal bone in his foot on 25th February and subsequently underwent a surgery to repair the problem.
This has ruled him out of the remainder of the season, but Neymar still hopes to feature at the 2018 World Cup finals as he is expected to resume light training on 17th May.
“I hope to get there in great shape,” Neymar said. “I get my final examination on 17 May and then I’ll be free to play.
“I had an examination last week, it is all perfect, evolving well, so I hope that continues so I can get back as soon as possible.
“I am having treatment every day, and from the moment I start training I am going to work harder than I ever worked because this is a dream that’s coming up. It’s a World Cup. I’ve waited four years for this chance, it’s close.”
Neymar’s Brazil have been made 19/4 joint favourites with holders Germany to lift the trophy in Russia, with the Selecao having largely impressed since Tite took over the reigns.