Neymar says he has 'one month left' in recovery from foot injury

Neymar says he has 'one month left' in recovery from foot injury
From ESPN - April 13, 2018

PARIS -- Neymar has said he has another month left of his recovery from a foot injury, although Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery expects him to play again before the end of the season.

Brazil international Neymar has been out of action since fracturing the fifth metatarsal in his right foot in late February, requiring surgery, and has been recovering in his homeland.

Two weeks ago it was reported that he would return to PSG by the end of April for the final three games of the Ligue 1 season, but speaking on Brazilian TV he suggested that may be too soon.

"One month left [of the recovery], but I am making good progress, consolidating well,' Neymar said in a segment that will be broadcast on "Altas Horas" on Saturday.

Neymar's timeline means he could return either against Rennes on May 12 or for the Ligue 1 finale at Caen the following week.

PSG are 14 points clear at the top of the table and could secure the title as soon as Sunday with a home win against second-placed Monaco.

The Coupe de France final awaits in May if PSG beat Caen in the semifinals this month. The other finalist will be a third-tier team, either Les Herbiers or Chambly.

A PSG statement released on Friday afternoon said the next week and a half of Neymar's recovery would determine when he will return to training.

"The medical assessment by [Brazil national team doctor] Rodrigo Lasmar confirms the excellent evolution of Neymar Jr's injury, and authorises the specific re-education of the right ankle and progressive full weight-bearing on the foot," it read. "The speed of recuperation over the next 10 days will allow the club to set a date for the player's return to training."

PSG coach Unai Emery told a news conference earlier on Friday he hoped Neymar could still feature this season.

"Neymar, the last I heard, is close to returning," he said. "His recent medical test went well, and everything looks fine. He has progressed normally -- he is close.


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