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Brazil doctor confirms Neymar is ready to return to training

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The Neymar transfer saga received a new twist after Brazil’s team doctor confirmed the absent Paris Saint-Germain star is fit enough to return to training.

Neymar wants out of PSG following two disappointing years and even approached Barcelona over a potential return.

Currently, it remains uncertain on whether the Spanish league champions are game in re-signing Neymar. Although the club’s president Josep Bartomeu suggested last week that PSG’s resolve to keep their star player rules out any hope for them.

Just as things appeared to be settling down, however, Neymar left PSG chiefs fuming by not showing up for the first day of pre-season training on Monday. The club’s sporting director Leonardo then announced they would sell him for the right offer.

While the forward’s father later excused his son’s absence for charity reasons in Brazil, another possible cause could’ve been the ankle injury he sustained last month on duty for the national team.

But Brazil’s team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar has shut down that prospect by revealing there’s no reason fitness-wise why he shouldn’t be training right now.

“If he was at a club, he’d be in the process of transitioning (to full training). He’d be out on the pitch and starting ball work,” Lasmar told UOL Esporte.

“The recovery period is usually for four weeks.”

The man, who operated on the PSG star’s broken metatarsal in March 2018, added: “Neymar looked really well.”

Backing Lasmar’s comments is the fact Neymar was showing off clips of himself playing footvolley in Brazil this week on the beach.

So, medical speaking, there is absolutely no reason why Neymar shouldn’t be training in France right now.

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