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.
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.”
Speaking after PSG’s 3-0 Coupe de France defeat of the same Marseille team, defender Presnel Kimpembe joked when asked about Neymar in the mixed zone that the South American was all anybody wanted to talk about.
“Neymar to the right, Neymar to the left, Neymar everywhere!” the France international said.
However, the youth academy graduate also revealed his sadness for his teammate and said he and the rest of the squad want to win for their fallen star.
“We are all sorry for Neymar,” Kimpembe said. “We are going to try to qualify [in the Champions League] for him. It is the team above everything else.”
Jonathan Johnson covers PSG and the French national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @Jon_LeGossip.