Brazil's World Cup preparations boosted as PSG boss reveals Neymar will be back in 2-3 weeks

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Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar, who is convalescing in Brazil after surgery on his injured right foot, will be back “in two to three weeks,” the club’s coach Unai Emery said on Friday.

“I spoke with him this week, he’s good, relaxed,” Emery said.

Emery was speaking in Bordeaux where PSG, shorn of their biggest star, face Monaco on Saturday in the French League Cup final.

“We spoke about the final,” Emery said. “He’s going to follow the game.”

Neymar, who is crucial to Brazil’s hopes at the World Cup which starts in Russia on June 14, was hurt on February 25 against Marseille and returned to Brazil for treatment.

He missed the second-leg defeat to Real Madrid on March 6, which eliminated PSG from 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.”

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That time frame would have meant Neymar’s PSG season was over. 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 competition.

PSG and the Brazilian football federation plan to assess Neymar’s health again in mid-April.

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi visited Neymar’s bedside in Brazil in mid-March, partly to quash rumours that the star would be leaving Paris a year after his high-profile arrival for a world-record 222 million euros ($264 million) last summer.

“The doctors aren’t yet in a position to say exactly when he will return,” Al-Khelaifi said at the time.

On Friday, Monaco defender Kamil Glik told a press conference that PSG will miss Neymar “but that doesn’t change much for us.”

“There are other top-quality players,” Glik said. “We know what we have to do to win this trophy.”

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Justin Kluivert picks Barcelona's Lionel Messi over Cristiano Ronaldo

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Ajax forward Justin Kluivert has admitted that he has a few role models in world football.

The 18-year old though, has also revealed his choice between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, when talking about the best player in the world.

Kluivert believes the Real Madrid superstar is a great role model because of his contributions off the pitch, but the Barcelona genius is the World No1.

Speaking to Goal, he said, “I definitely have a few [role models]. My father is one of them, but Cristiano Ronaldo is another, also because of what he’s doing off the pitch.”

“He doesn’t just think about himself, but also about others. He does a lot for charities and is really dedicated to his life as a footballer. That’s something I can learn from and I want to be doing myself as well.”

He added, “I’m Team Messi. He is the best player in the world, but Ronaldo is a role model for me. I’m sure Messi [works hard] as well, but I like the way Ronaldo manages to deliver the message across social media. He is an example to follow because of the way he lives for the game. That’s just great.”

Kluivert recently made his international debut for Netherlands in the 3-0 win against Portugal. He aims to win the Ballon d’or award one day.

“That’s definitely my goal, I can tell you that. That’s what I want and nothing less,” he said. “I will have to work hard to get there, but I am only 18 and still have plenty of room for improvement. I will definitely work hard for it and that is my goal. There’s more to come from me,” he said.

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Saudi Arabia striker Mohammad Al-Sahlawi to train with Man United

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Saudi Arabia striker Mohammad Al-Sahlawi is to spend three weeks training with Manchester United.

The 31-year-old, who has scored 26 times in 33 internationals, is looking to sharpen up his game ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

“It was agreed with Manchester United for Mohammed Al-Sahlawi to join for a training programme for three weeks, may God benefit him,” Turki Al-Sheikh, chairman of the General Sports Authority (GSA) of Saudi Arabia, wrote on Twitter.

The arrangement is part of a commercial agreement with the Old Trafford club and sporting authorities in Saudi Arabia, where Al-Sahlawi plays for Al-Nassr.

United in October signed a memorandum of understanding with GSA which will see the club help develop the Saudi football industry, as part of its 2030 Vision – the plan to diversify the Saudi economy and to develop its public sectors announced in 2016 by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

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