New Straits Times
Neymar’s surgery a success
BELO HORIZONTE: Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar underwent successful surgery on his broken foot on Saturday, officials said, but it will be six weeks before anyone knows when the world’s most expensive footballer will play again.
The one hour and 15 minute operation at the Mater Dei hospital in Belo Horizonte “was successful,” said Brazilian national team surgeon Rodrigo Lasmar, who led the procedure.
But PSG said that Neymar will not be able to return to training for at least six weeks. This followed an earlier statement from Lasmar that the star player would be out of action for at least two and a half months, maybe three.
But if Lasmar’s prognosis of a nearly three-month wait is true, then Brazil will be scrambling just to get him ready for the World Cup in Russia come June.
Neymar broke his fifth metatarsal — the bone leading to his small toe — during a 3-0 drubbing of Marseille on February 25.
Amid reports of tension between PSG and Brazil’s footballing authorities over Neymar’s medical treatment, PSG insisted that it would take charge of his recuperation.
“The post-operation rehabilitation will begin immediately under the control of the club’s physiotherapist,” PSG said in a statement on their website.
Following the surgery, however, doctors stressed that there was no friction between PSG and Brazil’s federation, the CBF.