FERNANDINHO insists “fearless” Neymar has already proved his fitness and is ready to lead their bid for World Cup glory.
World Cup 2018: Neymar is looking like he will be fit for Brazil
The PSG superstar has not kicked a ball since February thanks to a broken foot, but Brazil pal Fernandinho has revealed Neymar has convinced this week as he bids to prove his fitness.
The Manchester City midfielder said: “By the movements and dribbles he has been doing in training has shown he is well.
“He is confident which is important, he shows that he isn’t scared of our defenders as he takes them on without fear.
“This is the first steps to getting his confidence back to 100 per cent for the World Cup. We also support his recovery because without a doubt he will be the difference for our team.
“I’ve been in his position when I was younger. Being injured isn’t easy even when getting back from injury doing daily workouts even when the bone is still hurting is still difficult.
“Neymar is ready. He is fit. He’s not had a good injury and it takes time to recover. But he’s training well, he’s feeling well.”
World Cup 2018: Neymar will be hoping to fire Brazil to glory this summer
Brazil take on Croatia at Anfield on Sunday after spending the week using Tottenham’s training facilities. Neymar, who scored four times in the 2014 World Cup, sat out training on Thursday as a precaution but could play some part.
Philippe Coutinho seems certain to start at Anfield on his first return to his old stomping ground after leaving for Barcelona in January. But there are question marks over the kind of reception he will receive.
Fernandinho said: “I believe he’s happy because he spent couple years at Liverpool have had some fantastic games were his performances managed to take him to Barcelona and the Brazilian national team. I believe it will be an honour for him to return to a city and home he knows well.