Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar is expected to be out of action for up to three months after he undergoes surgery on his broken metatarsal, according to the Brazil national football team doctor.
The 26-year-old forward injured his foot during Sunday’s Ligue 1 win over rivals Marseille and PSG confirmed he would require an operation.
Rodrigo Lasmar, quoted on the website of the Brazilian newspaper O Globo, said the world’s most expensive footballer was resigned to the lengthy lay-off.
“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.”