Neymar’s Injury Won’t Hinder Brazil’s World Cup Plans
PSG have announced that Neymar’s surgery has been a success and his return to action is expected in time for the 2018 World Cup. The world’s most expensive footballer flew to his native Brazil where he went under the knife at the Mater Dei Hospital. The striker suffered a sprained ankle and fractured metatarsal against Marseille and will not feature again for the Ligue 1 outfit this campaign.
The procedure, which involved inserting a pin into his fifth metatarsal is said to have “gone perfectly” and officials in Brazil are believed to be extremely confident that their talisman will be fit in time for the Selecao’s opening group game against Switzerland on June 17th. He will now undergo rehabilitation under the supervision of his club’s physiotherapist in Paris.
Tite’s side are the current second favourites for the tournament, which begins in Moscow on June 14th, with William Hill making them 5/1 to secure their first title since 2002. They have been drawn alongside Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E. Neymar has 53 goals in 83 appearances for his country and is expected to play a pivotal role in Russia.
Neymar Remains Second Favourite in the Top Goalscorer Market
Neymar’s injury lay-off hasn’t affected his odds in the Top Goalscorer market, with the 26-year old still second favourite at 11/1 with 888Sport. Unsurprisingly, his former team-mate Lionel Messi is the 10/1 favourite, with the Barcelona man expected to shine for Argentina. Cristiano Ronaldo is always likely to be popular and is available at 13/1 with in-form duo Harry Kane and Antoine Griezmann next in the betting.