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Brazilian star Neymar apprehensive ahead of return

AFP  |  Rio De Janeiro 

Brazil's star striker admits "fear" ahead of his return for after a lengthy layoff following for a broken bone in his foot.

In an interview published Friday on former legend Zico's channel, said he is in a race against time to get mentally ready for the tournament in

"Everything's going well, thank God, but there's always this fear when you come back and I need to get rid of that fear as soon as possible to arrive at the World Cup," the 26-year-old, who has been out since the end of February, said.

The interview with Zico, a great from Brazil's 1980s team, took place last week, just before returned to France, where he is expected to restart training shortly with Saint-Germain.

He still hopes to be completely rehabilitated by the June 14 start of Brazil's opening game is against on June 17.

"The idea is that he can return to working on the field from next week provided that he responds favorably to tomorrow's test," Brazilian team doctor told selected media, including AFP, in

Neymar said that at first his return to competitive levels was "complicated. I was always afraid of making complete movements and I'd end up compensating".

also lauded his PSG teammate Kylian Mbappe, who is just 19, as "the best in the world for his age".

"He's a phenomenon. I've already told (midfielder) Casemiro that he'll have to take care of him" if face in

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First Published: Sat, May 12 2018. 10:17 IST