Brazil's Neymar sidelined with foot surgery

Posted March 04, 2018

Neymar cracked the fifth metatarsal of his right foot while playing for Paris Saint-Germain in their 3-0 Ligue 1 victory over Marseille on Sunday.

"Contrary to what might have been written or said..., decisions already taken and those to come have had the complete agreement of Neymar of course, and of his family, all the staff at PSG, the medical staff, the organization and management of PSG, and the representatives of the CBF", Saillant said.

"Re-education will begin immediately under the direction of a club physiotherapist".

Fans waited outside the Mater Dei hospital on Saturday morning to chant Neymar's name and lend their support to Brazil's 26-year-old talisman.

The striker is expected to be sidelined for at least two months with CBF doctor Rodrigo Lasmar that he anticipates the PSG forward to be "our for two to three months".

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Brazil's priority is to have Neymar fully fit for the World Cup this summer but Emery says the two camps are working hand in hand.

Neymar, who became the world's most expensive player last August when PSG paid 222 million euros ($271 million) to sign him from Barcelona, has 53 goals in 83 games for Brazil, with 28 goals and 16 assists for the Ligue 1 leaders this season.

"We first listened to our doctor's diagnosis, then we've heard Brazil's national team doctor".

"Neymar suffered a fracture to the fifth metatarsal, it is an important fracture in a foot bone", Lasmar told Brazilian newspaper O Globo.

Globoesporte.com reported that PSG also insisted it control any future information on the player's health.

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PSG and Brazil have competing interests in Neymar's case.

Now Neymar will feel the weight of a nation's expectations as he races to recuperate in time for the World Cup, where Brazil are seen as having a good chance for winning a sixth title - and eradicating bitter memories of a 7-1 defeat to Germany in the 2014 semi-finals.

But a big part of that optimism depends on the talented Neymar, who missed that infamous humiliation four years ago through injury.

"Internally, we speak with much clarity", Emery said.

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