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ESPN FC’s Julien Laurens believes PSG were trying not to give too much away on Neymar’s injury before his dad revealed the Brazil star would miss 6-8 weeks.

PARIS — Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed that Neymar will have surgery in Brazil later this week after he sprained his right ankle and cracked his fifth metatarsal toward the end of Sunday’s 3-0 Ligue 1 win over Marseille.

The Ligue 1 leaders have revealed that after three days of rest and various tests, the only option available was to operate on the Brazilian superstar.

Neymar will now miss next week’s Champions League round-of-16 second leg with Real Madrid at Parc des Princes.

Neymar's injury could have far-reaching implications for his club PSG and national team Brazil.
Neymar injured his ankle and fifth metatarsal in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Merseille.

A PSG statement read: “After an initial treatment period of three days, in line with a strict medical protocol, a joint decision has been taken between the medical staffs of both PSG and the Brazil national team.

“In accordance with the player, it has been decided that Neymar will undergo surgery in Brazil at the end of this week.

“He will be operated on by doctor Rodrigo Lasmar and accompanied by PSG’s Professor [Gerard] Saillant.”

PSG have not stated how long Neymar will miss, but in an interview with ESPN Brazil, his father indicated that it will be somewhere between six to eight weeks.

Later on Wednesday, Neymar posted a message to his Instagram account with a quote from Michael Jordan in the caption.

It said: “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t give up. Figure out how to climb it.”

Jonathan Johnson covers PSG and the French national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @Jon_LeGossip.


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