PSG confirm Neymar operation ‘a success’ after metatarsal surgery
PARIS — Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed that Neymar’s operation was a success, after the Brazilian underwent surgery for a fracture of his fifth metatarsal.
Neymar, 26, sprained his right ankle and damaged his fifth metatarsal toward the end of last Sunday’s 3-0 Ligue 1 win over bitter rivals Marseille and what was initially thought to be a crack turned out to be a fracture.
PSG revealed on Wednesday that after three days of rest and various tests, the only option available was to operate on Neymar and that Brazil national team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar agreed that it was the right decision.
The forward will now miss next week’s Champions League round-of-16 second leg with Real Madrid at Parc des Princes, but the French capital club have confirmed that the operation went well at Materdei Hospital in Belo Horizonte.
“The procedure was performed by doctor Rodrigo Lasmar and went perfectly,” a PSG statement read. “It consisted of a screw and a skin graft being applied around the area of the fifth right metatarsal.
“Rehabilitation will begin immediately post-operation and will be controlled by a member of PSG’s medical staff. The situation will be revisited in six weeks in order to determine a precise return date for training.”
PSG do not know how long Neymar will be out for yet, but in an interview with ESPN Brazil, his father indicated that he expects his son to miss somewhere between six to eight weeks of action and return just before the start of the 2018 World Cup.
The Brazilian football federation (CBF) also said on Saturday that the operation was successful. “The operation is over, Neymar is already in his room. It went well,” a spokesman revealed.
Jonathan Johnson covers PSG and the French national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @Jon_LeGossip.