According to officials, the surgery on the broken right foot of Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar went successfully today.
The operation, performed by Brazilian national team surgeon Rodrigo Lasmar, began early on Saturday morning in the Mater Dei hospital in Belo Horizonte, and just after midday (1500 GMT), a spokesman from the Brazilian football federation announced that the operation was over “Neymar is already in his room. It went well,” he said.
Neymar broke his fifth metatarsa the bone leading to his small toe during a 3-0 drubbing of Marseille on February 25. The striker whose transfer from Barcelona cost PSG a record 222 million euros ($264 million) last August has scored 28 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions for the club.
Neymar will miss PSG’s make-or-break game against Real Madrid next Tuesday. But with Lasmar predicting a recovery period of two and a half to three months, Brazil is worried that Neymar may not be fit for the World Cup in Russia starting in June.
Staff at the hospital in Belo Horizonte, were put on paparazzi lockdown, with a ban on using cellphones anywhere near the star.