Neymar undergoes successful surgery

Paris St-Germain striker Neymar has reportedly undergone a “successful” operation on the fractured metatarsal he suffered during last Sunday’s Ligue 1 victory over Marseille.

A club statement read: “Neymar Jr underwent surgery today at the Materdei Hospital in Belo Horizonte.

“The operation, conducted by Doctor Rodrigo Lasmar, was successful. The operation consisted of the laying of a screw associated with a transplant fixed at the level of the lesion of the fifth metatarsal of the right foot.

“Re-education will begin immediately under the direction of a club physiotherapist. Neymar’s injury will be assessed in six weeks’ time to establish a possible date for his return to training.”

According to Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar, Neymar is set for a spell on the sidelines that could last up to three months – though he does expect him to be fit in time for the World Cup in June.

The £200m world record signing will miss the rest of PSG’s season, however.

“Neymar is sad, but understands he has no alternative now. He will devote himself to being well as soon as possible,” said Lasmar.

The Brazilian forward joined PSG from Barcelona last August, scoring 29 goals in just 30 games.

While his absence shouldn’t hurt the Parisian outfit too much in the French League, where they enjoy a 14-point lead, Neymar will also miss the remainder of their Champions League campaign, which could be over very soon.

On March 6, PSG host Champions League holders Real Madrid, already trailing 3-1 from the first leg.