One of the disappointments of the World Cup 2014 was the injury to Neymar towards the latter stages of the competition. This is believed to have had a huge impact on Brazil’s disappointing finish to the tournament. They conceded 10 goals in the last two matches after having previously gone for matches conceding just one. Despite being a striker, Neymar is a huge influence on the team since they rely heavily upon the Barcelona striker for goals and individual brilliance. The 22-year-old suffered a back injury that left him almost paralysed.
Luckily, Neymar’s injury has not been too serious and doctors confirmed during the World Cup that he will be ready to play again in six weeks. Still, there are doubts as to whether the Brazilian forward will be fit for the new league campaign. Barcelona have undergone a lot of changes during the summer after bringing in a new manager and several new players. Neymar will have a new midfield to supply the ammunition, while he is also expected to get a new strike partner in the form of Luis Suarez.
Neymar has expressed confidence that he will be 100% fit for the start of the new campaign, thus dispelling rumours that he may miss the first two matches. Barcelona will be trying to reclaim the title from the clutches of Atletico Madrid. “I am recovering bit by bit from the injury and I will arrive in Barcelona at 100%. I want to have a good season and I would like to help my team-mates get good results,” said the forward. Neymar had an indifferent first season at Barcelona. After impressing heavily in the first half of last season, he struggled for form in the second half.
The forward is expected to improve massively after his first taste of European football.