Neymar has seen his season take a dive after Brazil’s national team doctor stated that he may be out for up to three months following surgery.
The Brazil superstar suffered a broken metatarsal in Paris Saint-Germain’s victory over Marseille in Ligie 1 Sunday, before the club announced he’ll be undergoing surgery on the injured foot.
There were fears he will sit out PSG’s massive Champions League last 16 clash against Real Madrid next week, but if Brazil’s doctor, Rodrigo Lasmar, is correct in his prognosis then the world’s most expensive footballer also faces an anxious wait to be fit for the World Cup which kicks off in June, Goal writes.
“It was a small fissure [in the fifth metatarsal of the right foot], a major fracture of a bone in the middle of the foot, and the operation will be on Saturday morning in Belo Horizonte,” Lasmar told Globo TV upon landing in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday.
“We do not have the exact time, but the surgery will certainly be on Saturday. It will be two and a half months to three months of recovery for Neymar.
“After surgery we will have more details about this time. He is sad, upset, but understands that he has no alternative but to recover as soon as possible”
PSG are on course to reclaim the Ligue 1 title as they enjoy a 14 point lead over second-place Monaco with 11 games to go – but their dreams of a maiden European Cup have taken a major blow.
It’s a similar situation for Brazil, as they’d been hoping that Neymar could inspire them to a sixth World Cup triumph after their spectacular fall to Germany when they hosted the tournament four years ago.
Neymar, meanwhile, has put on a brave face in the wake of the injury, calling on millions of his adoring fans to stay positive.
“Obstacles can’t hold you down. If there’s a wall in your way, don’t give up. Find out how to climb it,” the 26-year-old wrote on Instagram.