Brazilian forward Neymar, who plays for France’s powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain and is one of the biggest soccer stars at the moment, recently injured his right foot in his team’s win over Marseille. Although first information said that it was just a sprain, it turns out the problem might be a lot bigger.
Neymar arrived in Brazil on Thursday for an operation on his right foot and the first information from Brazilian doctors is worrying. According to Dr. Rodrigo Lasmar, Neymar might not return to pitch until June, merely two weeks before the World Cup on which Neymar helmed Brazil should have been one of the favorites.
“Neymar has suffered a fracture to his fifth metatarsal.” – Lasmar told reporters. “It is a significant fracture to the bone in his foot. There are several types of fractures. For a fracture of this type, many times it is unnoticed and it ends up being much bigger, as has happened to Neymar, there is no doubt. The best and only indication is surgery, because, with a more conservative treatment, there is a great chance that there would be another fracture within a short period of time. And we cannot run that risk to the athlete.“
“The recovery time is between two and a half and three months,” – he added. “Every player is different. The intention is to monitor how the situation is and have regular control of the recovery.“
The nature of Neymar’s injury is a major blow for Paris Saint-Germain. The team broke the transfer fee records, paying $222 million in the summer to get Neymar from Barcelona. Although PSG is dominating over France’s La Liga for some time now, they are still short of a Champions League trophy, which they hoped to get with Neymar. In this season’s Round of 16 of the competition, the team already has a loss against Real Madrid and it is hard to believe they can make up for it in the rematch without their biggest star.