Chelsea midfielder Oscar has been talking about the injury that affected the end of his domestic campaign, relieving concerns that he could be unfit for the start of the World Cup.
The Brazilian suffered a hip injury which saw him sit out matches against Atletico Madrid, Liverpool and Norwich City. And at the time the 22-year-old said he was “taking care for the World Cup.”
So has that safety-first approach paid off?
In quotes published by Sambafoot, Oscar revealed he was on course to start the opening match of the tournament – if he is called upon.
“Now it is okay,” he said of the injury. “I’m 100% for the contest of the World Cup.”
Oscar will be desperate to play and perform in his homeland, with many tipping Brazil to hold aloft the famous trophy ahead of the likes of Spain and Germany. And the Chelsea star simply cannot wait to get started.
“I hope it starts soon,” he said. “We’re all looking forward to it. It’s a great generation of players and we hope to confirm this on the field by winning the title.”
Oscar will be joined in the host’s squad by his Chelsea teammates David Luiz, Willian and Ramires.
But only time will tell if they return to Stamford Bridge having won the most famous and sought after footballing trophy of them all.