Neymar walking without crutches

The Brazilian star has taken another step – quite literally – back towards fitness as he closes in on a return

Neymar is walking without crutches once again as the Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil star continues his recovery from a broken foot.

The world’s most expensive player suffered the injury in action for PSG on February 25 when they beat Marseille 3-0, the former Barcelona forward given a recovery timeline of three months after then undergoing surgery.

PSG coach Unai Emery had suggested that Neymar will be able to return before the end of the season, though the 26-year-old says he is scheduled for a final examination on May 17, meaning he is unlikely to return to training before that date.

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With PSG’s last game of the season coming on May 19, it is extremely unlikely he will play again for the Parisians this term.

Despite this, a report from RMC on Sunday suggested that he may be available to feature in their final home match of the season against Rennes on March 12.

There can be no doubt that he is at least making notable progress, as he posted a video on Instagram of himself walking without support, accompanied by a caption that read: “Bye bye crutches, never again.”

Neymar’s injury is not expected to put his World Cup participation in doubt.

Brazil’s first match in Russia is against Switzerland on June 17, with encounters against Costa Rica and Serbia to follow thereafter.

Prior to picking up the problem, he had been enjoying a strong debut season in Ligue 1, having notched 19 league goals in 20 starts, adding a further 13 assists to boot. 

Meanwhile, his future continues to be the subject of speculation, notably in the Spanish press. However, reports this week that Real Madrid could buy him due to a minimum fee release clause in his PSG deal were rubbished by the League.

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