Neymar has handed Brazil a fitness boost ahead of the World Cup by returning to training with Paris St Germain.
The forward, who has not played since suffering a fractured metatarsal in February, returned to “partial team training” at the Parc des Princes on Thursday, the Ligue 1 champions said in a statement.
The club confirmed Neymar would not play in PSG’s final game of the season against Caen on Saturday.
He will travel to Brazil on Thursday night to continue his recovery as planned ahead of the World Cup.
Brazil face Croatia in a friendly at Anfield on June 3 and take on Austria a week later before they kick off their World Cup campaign against Switzerland on June 17.
Although the Brazilian wasn’t fit to participate in practice, he continues his recovery from an injury sustained in February.
It’s thought however that his participation at the upcoming World Cup is not in question.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid continue to keep tabs on his progress as they plot a huge bid in the summer.
Nice to know that even the superstars constantly linked with football’s big money transfers get bored with the incessant speculation surrounding them – including Neymar.
“My goal now is the World Cup. It is not time to talk about transfers,” Neymar said. “I am a little tired of it now.”
PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi said on Saturday he was “2000 per cent” sure Neymar would remain with the Ligue 1 champions, even though his prized possession is constantly being linked with a surprise exit after just one season in France, despite being contracted until 2022.
Neymar scored 28 goals in 30 games for PSG before his season was ended prematurely by a serious foot injury in February.
“Everyone knows what I have come here to do, the goals I have,” he added.