Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar is expected to be out of action for up to three months after he undergoes surgery on Saturday, according to the Brazilian national team’s doctor Rodrigo Lasmar.
The forward suffered a fractured metatarsal and sprained ankle in PSG’s Sunday Ligue 1 win over Marseille.
Lasmar has said that Neymar would be resigned to the lengthy lay-off after the 26-year-old was carried off nine minutes from the end of his side’s 3-0 win over Marseille on Sunday.
“Neymar suffered a fracture to the fifth metatarsal, it is an important fracture in a foot bone,” Lasmar said. “The operation will be in Belo Horizonte on Saturday morning, and the recovery takes from two and a half months to three months. That depends a lot on his post-surgery recovery. We will have more details after the procedure.”
“Neymar is, of course, upset, sad, down, but understands that he has no alternative now. He will devote himself to being well as soon as possible. We will do our best to get him ready as soon as possible.”
The injury had also since been confirmed by PSG: “After tests, and with the player’s agreement, it has been decided that surgery is the best option,” the club said. “He will be operated on in Brazil at the end of the week.”
Both club’s decision and national team made a joint decision in taking the surgical route after “three days of planned care”.
Nevertheless, the injury lay-off means that Neymar would be absent for the rest of PSG’s domestic season as he is only expected to return to fitness just weeks before Brazil’s World Cup campaign.