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Neymar: 'I'm more scared than anyone'

Publish on 16/05/2018 at 00h00 - S. WILLIS

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Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar Jr has admitted he is "scared" as he closes in on a competitive return to the pitch with the FIFA World Cup with Brazil looming large.

The Brazil star returned to training with PSG last weekend as he continues his recovery from a broken foot sustained in February, but sat out the recent Coupe de France final win and is unlikely to feature in Saturday's final Ligue 1 Conforama game of the season in Caen.

Last summer's world record signing from Barcelona has not featured for PSG since, but is expected to be fit for his country's World Cup warm-up with Croatia on 3 June.

"No-one is as scared as me," Neymar told TV Globo as he nears full fitness. "I know that people are a little nervous, but nobody is more so than me, no-one is more anxious to make a comeback than me."

The former Santos prodigy inspired his country to Olympic gold on home soil in 2016, but admitted the World Cup remains the ultimate prize.

"It's a very difficult time, I think it's the most difficult I have had because we are so close to my dream, the World Cup. Thanks to God, I have this new opportunity to become world champion with my country. It's a dream I've had since I was little, it's my main objective. I hope it will be my Cup."