A miracle is on the cards as it has been revealed that Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil forward Neymar will be back from injury "in two to three weeks," according to his manager Unai Emery.
Initial prognosis suggested that Neymar will be out for almost three months but an early return is now being muted.
Neymar, who is crucial to Brazil's hopes at the World Cup which starts in Russia on June 14, suffered a fractured metatarsal on February 25 against Marseille and returned to Brazil for treatment.
He missed his club's second-leg defeat to Real Madrid on March 6, which knocked PSG out of the Champions League.
Brazil's national team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar performed surgery on March 3 and then estimated that Neymar would be out for "two-and-a-half to three months".
But Emery, speaking in Bordeaux where PSG face Monaco on Saturday in the French League Cup final, said: "I spoke with him this week, he's good, relaxed. We spoke about the final. He's going to follow the game."
That initial "two-and-a-half to three months" time frame would have meant the end of Neymar's PSG season. But for the striker, who was injured during the last World Cup and missed Brazil's traumatic 7-1 semi-final loss to Germany, the objective was to be fully fit for this year's competitionn