Fernandinho says Neymar is not afraid ahead of World Cup

International Edition By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 01/06/2018

Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho revealed that Neymar is not afraid as he fights to get back to full fitness ahead of the World Cup.

The 26-year-old world most expensive player is sidelined with a foot injury he suffered against Marseille since February but Paris Saint-Germain superstar is undergoing is on the road to recovery with Brazil gearing up for this month's showpiece tournament in Russia.

Fernandinho had a similar injury to Neymar previously and the Premier League winner said former Barcelona and Santos forward is on track for the World Cup, where the South American will face Switzerland alongside Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E in the competition.

"This kind of injury Neymar had is a little bit difficult, I can tell because I had it too. "It aches now and then…the bones... the process is a little bit complex.

"But, when you watch the moves he's making during the training, the way he is training, I see him very well and he's getting his confidence back, that's so important. He's so audacious, trying to dribble the defences, he's not afraid.

"That's the first step for him to be 100 percent confident again. And we want him to be fully fit as soon as possible, till our first match in the World Cup. I have no doubt he's a player who will make a big difference for our team." Fernandinho said via Goal.

World Cup favourite Brazil will take on Croatia Sunday and Austria June 10 as part of the preparation to the Mundial.