Paris St Germain forward Neymar left Belo Horizonte in Brazil on Sunday (March 4) after what was described as a successful operation on his injured foot and ankle, according to the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF).
The world’s most expensive player was operated on by the Brazil national team doctor in Belo Horizonte to repair the fractured metatarsal and sprained ankle he suffered in last weekend’s French league match against Olympique Marseille.
Rodrigo Lasmar inserted a pin in the fifth metatarsal and the procedure “went perfectly,” the CBF said in words almost identical to those used by the French club in their statement.
Although the injury is expected keep Neymar out of action for up to three months, doctors say he will be back in time for the World Cup which kicks off in Russia in June.
Brazil start their campaign against Switzerland on June 17 before facing Costa Rica and Serbia.
Neymar, who became the world’s most expensive player last August when PSG paid € 222 million euros ($271 million) to sign him from Barcelona, has 53 goals in 83 games for Brazil, with 28 goals and 16 assists for the Ligue 1 leaders this season.
Neymar leaving the hospital by a helicopter. The road to recovery begins 💪🏼 pic.twitter.com/Iw7spOJYWy
— Neymar Jr. (@Neymarvellous) March 5, 2018