Word of Giovani dos Santos' injury reached Brazil camp quickly, and the then-possibility of the Tottenham man missing the Olympic final became a talking point for the Scratch du Oro.
"We would be very fortunate [if he didn't play]", said Neymar to ESPN on Thursday, hours before Mexico's medical staff indicated that Dos Santos would indeed miss the final.
Neymar will go into his first final with Brazil at any level, meaning the 20-year-old star will have an added responsibility as he will be one of the key players expected to deliver Brazil's first Olympic gold medal.
"It will be my first final with Brazil and I'm proud to be here representing the country in such an important moment like this, our first Olympic final in 24 years," said the Santos star.
With added pressure from Brazilian media, a silver medal has been deemed useless by players and coaches throughout the tournament run, with Neymar reiterating the sentiment while stating there is no secret to the team's success thus far.
"We have to keep doing what we have been doing so far in the tournament. It has been working," he said.
Along with Lucas Moura and Leandro Damiao, Neymar has been one of the stars Brazil is relying on not only to bring home the gold, but to bring Brazil's senior national team back on top when it hosts the 2014 World Cup.
Meanwhile, with the World Cup two full years away, Neymar's eyes are clearly on the prize at stake.
"No Brazilian has ever won this and I feel I'm prepared to help the team leave with the gold medal," he finished.
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