Neymar training Saturday, available for Round of 16
Great news for PSG forward Neymar and the Brazilian faithful. After suffering an injury at the end of the match against Serbia in the first match of the World Cup, Neymar is nearing a return to the pitch.
Neymar had to leave the pitch with just a few minutes to play in the Canarinha debut game against Serbia and he has yet to return to the field. Neymar has missed the second and third matches played by Brazil on their way to qualify for the Round of 16.
With their next game taking place on Monday against South Korea, Neymar is expected to be ready to play and make the starting XI for the first time since debuting in Qatar last week.
Neymar has spent time training on his own during the past few days, already doing exercises with the ball. On Friday, Brazil's team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar announced that Neymar is "due to return to the training ground this Saturday."
That's more than a huge step toward appearing in the Round of 16 game for the Brazilian no. 10.
Of course, that goal is in the minds of both Neymar on a personal level and Brazil in their hopes of advancing to the late stages of the World Cup.
Neymar knows he will have to endure the pain of a still-healing injured ankle, will still force the issue to play in Round of 16 game
Late Friday, the Spanish radio show El Partidazo de Cope confirmed the information shared by Brazil's doctor. The Spanish talk show featured pundits confirming that "Neymar wants to test himself in training," also informing that the forward "knows it will be difficult (to be at a hundred percent)," although Neymar "wants to speed up his options."
"Neymar will have a tough choice to make," they said. "His ankle is still swollen."
There are still two days of full rest and training available for Neymar as Brazil will go against South Korea on Monday evening, giving the forward ample room to recover from his ankle issues and play if he and the doctors have the green light.
With only four potential games remaining on Brazil's schedule if they want to reach the final game of the tournament and lift the trophy, it is obvious that Neymar will do everything to be on the pitch as soon as possible to help his nation.
Whether that ends up hurting him in the long run and once he's back in PSG's training ground is another entirely different matter we will have to wait to see how it unfolds.