PSG confirm Neymar operation 'a success' after metatarsal surgery
PARIS -- Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed that Neymar's operation was a success, after the Brazilian underwent surgery for a fracture of his fifth metatarsal.
Neymar, 26, sprained his right ankle and damaged his fifth metatarsal toward the end of last Sunday's 3-0 Ligue 1 win over bitter rivals Marseille and what was initially thought to be a crack turned out to be a fracture.
PSG revealed on Wednesday that after three days of rest and various tests, the only option available was to operate on Neymar and that Brazil national team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar agreed that it was the right decision.
The forward will now miss next week's Champions League round-of-16 second leg with Real Madrid at Parc des Princes, but the French capital club have confirmed that the operation went well at Materdei Hospital in Belo Horizonte.
"The operation, conducted by doctor Rodrigo Lasmar, was successful," a statement read. "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."
PSG do not know how long Neymar will be out for yet, but Lasmar previously said he expected the forward to be out between two-and-a-half and three months and return just before the start of the 2018 World Cup.
The Brazilian football federation (CBF) also said on Saturday that the operation was successful. "The operation is over, Neymar is already in his room. It went well," a spokesman said.
A much-changed PSG side still managed to win 2-0 away to Troyes on Saturday, and afterwards Layvin Kurzawa admitted his teammate was missed.
"It is a little bit complicated because [Neymar] is somebody who took up a lot of space on the pitch," he said. "He will be missed, but we have a team and the players who play in his place will fill that void well. We will play for him, for Paris, for the rest of France and for everybody who follows us."
Jonathan Johnson covers PSG and the French national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @Jon_LeGossip.