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I'll be back before the football season starts: Neymar

Superstar says he is targetting a return to football by August 18 when Barcelona take on Club Leon

Tokyo: Neymar expects to be 100 per cent fit for Barcelona by the time the new Primera Division campaign kicks off.

Neymar flashes a thumbs-up sign during Brazil's third place play-off against the Netherlands at the recent World Cup
Neymar flashes a thumbs-up sign during Brazil's third place play-off against the Netherlands at the recent World Cup 

The Brazilian forward fractured his third lumbar vertebra during the World Cup quarter-final with Colombia after being challenged by Juan Camilo Zuniga.

Neymar was subsequently ruled out for the rest of the tournament, but the 22-year-old has told Japanese media he is now well on his way back to full fitness.

"I am recovering from the injury day by day. I'll be coming back to Barcelona 100 per cent fit," he is quoted as saying on www.fcbarcelona.com.

Fans wait for Neymar to arrive at Tokyo's Haneda Airport. Pics/Getty Images, AFP
Fans wait for Neymar to arrive at Tokyo's Haneda Airport. Pics/Getty Images, AFP

"I want to have a really good season and I'm looking forward to helping my teammates to get some good results."

The 22-year-old is currently in Japan taking part in a series of promotional events and is due to return to Barca on August 5.

He is targeting the Joan Gamper Trophy match against Club Leon on August 18, which is a week before the 2014-15 La Liga season begins.

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