Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus is backing Neymar to be fit for the World Cup
Last Updated: 08/03/18 7:16pm
Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus is backing Neymar to make a full recovery in time to lead Brazil in their bid to win a sixth World Cup.
Neymar underwent a successful operation on his injured right foot after fracturing his metatarsal playing for Paris Saint-Germain, and only has three months to go before from the tournament starts in Russia.
Jesus was Neymar's strike partner as Brazil stormed through qualification, but has also had to bounce back from injury after recently recovering from knee ligament damage.
"Neymar sent me a message right after his injury," said Jesus.
"I told him how I felt and how my recovery was. He is a fighter and everything is going to be fine."
However, Jesus admitted he will take some time to get over the "fear" that a potential injury setback could cost him his place at the World Cup.
He added: "When you are in the game, without wanting it, you end up thinking about the previous game where you got injured, you have a bit of fear.
"I think I still played with some fear, there's some movements when I still have some worries about getting injured again.
"I know anything can happen but I'm sure that the more you play, the quicker that fear is going to go away."