Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar undergoes successful surgery on broken foot but doctors unsure of return date

Belo Horizonte: Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar was to leave hospital Sunday after a successful operation on his broken foot but it will be six weeks before doctors know when the world's most expensive player can train again.

Neymar was due to be discharged early in the morning from the Mater Dei hospital in Belo Horizonte, 24 hours after surgery to repair a fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot.

Brazilian superstar Neymar (R), is pictured next to his doctor Rodrigo Lasmar (L), upon his arrival in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais state, Brazil on March 2, 2018 ahead of an operation on his fractured foot. Brazilian superstar Neymar arrived in Belo Horizonte later Friday for surgery to mend a broken bone in his right foot, while an anxious footballing nation wondered if its World Cup build-up will also need urgent care. / AFP PHOTO / NELSON ALMEIDA

Brazilian superstar Neymar is pictured next to his doctor Rodrigo Lasmar upon his arrival at the hospital. AFP

The operation was declared a complete success.

Now the question is whether the 26-year-old can catch any of PSG's remaining season and even what kind of shape he'll be in at the start of Brazil's World Cup campaign in Russia this June.

"The recovery time will depend on the player's evolution. In six weeks we will make a new evaluation," Rodrigo Lasmar said after performing the operation.

Gerard Saillant, the French doctor representing PSG at the hospital, told journalists that the timing of Neymar's return to full training could only be given at the six-week mark.

"It is absolutely impossible to give you the slightest detail before those six weeks," he said.

On Thursday, Lasmar said the star player — whose transfer from Barcelona cost PSG a record €222 million last August — would need at least two and a half months, maybe three, to return.

This would put him uncomfortably close to the start of the World Cup on 14 June, including missing two friendly warm-up games.

Tensions denied

After his one hour and 15 minute operation, Neymar spent his Saturday afternoon in a hospital bed watching live TV coverage of PSG's Ligue 1 game against Troyes, Saillant said.

PSG won 2-0, but Neymar's absence will be keenly felt during Tuesday's Champions League showdown against Real Madrid.

The striker has scored 28 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions for the club — a prolific tally that came to a halt 25 February when he broke his foot during a 3-0 drubbing of Marseille.

Amid reports of tensions between PSG and Brazil's footballing authorities over Neymar's medical treatment, PSG insisted that it would be in 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.

Earlier, Paris newspaper L'Equipe reported that PSG believe Lasmar lied about Neymar's condition.

The report said that Neymar was initially found to have suffered a minor fracture at the Marseille game and that PSG were shocked when Lasmar declared it was a serious break requiring longer than expected recuperation time.

However, doctors stressed Saturday that there was no friction between PSG and Brazil's federation, the CBF.

"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.

"There is absolutely no split, despite what was written."

Published Date: Mar 04, 2018 13:19 PM | Updated Date: Mar 04, 2018 13:19 PM

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