Neymar to undergo right foot surgery, could miss rest of season

Paris Saint-Germain's Angel Di Maria celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates. REUTERS  Charles Platiau

"Neymar is already in his room".

For Brazil, where Neymar is also seen as a key match victor, the concern is to get him playing before the World Cup in Russian Federation, which starts in June.

"We want to give him the victory, we're facing the game with confidence, there are a lot of expectant people and I know we can do it", Emery said to reporters at his pre-match press conference.

Staff at the hospital, a tall building with mirrored windows, were put on paparazzi lockdown, with a ban on using their cellphones anywhere near the star.

It meant a three-minute substitute cameo against Guingamp was the sum of the time Matuidi spent on the field with the Brazil superstar in PSG colours, but Neymar was well aware of his quality.

"Neymar's injury will be assessed in six weeks" time to establish a possible date for his return to training'.

"He's likely to recover pretty quickly because he's an athlete and young".

'Rehabilitation will begin immediately after the operation under the supervision of the physiotherapist of the club.

A potential plus for Neymar is that the enforced break from competitive football may do him good. "Since we learned about his injury, we have been seeking the best for both the player and the team in our decision making".

Rita di Cassia Sepulveda stopped by with her seven-year-old twin sons, Gabriel and Rafael, who are avid fans of the star.

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. "It's remarkable. There's a sacred place at home where they keep anything that has something to do with Neymar".

Maurizio Sarri's men lead by four points, although Juve's postponed match against Atalanta last weekend gives them a game in hand.

"Their dream is to meet Neymar".

However, medical experts say the picture may be brighter, given that Neymar should have just enough time to get back in shape, while also being fully rested.

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