Ney­mar: I won’t miss World Cup

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Brazil­ian foot­ball star Ney­mar said Fri­day he would be well enough to play in the FIFA World Cup in June de­spite a foot in­jury that could force him to miss the rest of the club sea­son.

The 22-year-old Barcelona for­ward in­jured his left foot last Wed­nes­day dur­ing a 2-1 de­feat to Real Madrid in Spain’s Copa del Rey fi­nal.

Barcelona said in a state­ment that he would be on the side­line for four weeks and could miss the rest of the club sea­son. With less than two months to go, Ney­mar how­ever promised to be healthy on time to play in the World Cup.

“I al­ways had a bit of fear that the in­jury would force me to stay out ... of the World Cup,” Ney­mar told Globo TV. “But within the next three weeks I’ll be back and I hope to play Barcelona’s last game.”

Brazil coach Felipe Sco­lari plans for Ney­mar to lead his coun­try’s hopes for a sixth World Cup ti­tle on home soil in June. In the mean­time Ney­mar will stay in shape by ex­er­cis­ing with weights and in the pool, the med­i­cal depart­ment of Brazil’s na­tional team said af­ter talk­ing with Barcelona.

“It’s hor­ri­ble to be out, with­out train­ing, with­out play­ing, and to see your com­rades play­ing and train­ing,” he told Globo.

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