Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar is set to miss up to three months of action due to a foot injury, according to Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar.
The world’s most expensive player has enjoyed an incredibly fruitful season since joining PSG from Barcelona over the summer, netting 19 Ligue 1 goals and laying on a further 13 assists.
However, his season now appears to be over domestically following a foot injury sustained in the victory over Marseille on Sunday.
PSG were hopeful that they could have the Brazil international back within eight weeks, but the injury is worse than first feared and he will now need to undergo surgery.
Lasmar confirmed the forward a fractured metatarsal and he is set to go under the knife in his homeland on Saturday.
“The surgery will be done in Belo Horizonte at the Mater Dei hospital on Saturday morning,” Lasmar told TV Globo.
“The recovery period will be between two and a half to three months.
“That depends a lot on his post-surgery recovery. We will have more details after the procedure.”
The former Santos man was expected to star for Brazil at the 2018 World Cup in Russia this summer, but he could face a race against time to recover for their opening game against Switzerland on June 17.
Lasmar added: “We have time to recuperate him and it will all be done to ensure he is ready as quickly as possible so that he will have enough time to prepare adequately and arrive in top condition for the tournament.”
Brazil head to Russia as one of the pre-tournament favourites and their hopes do hang largely on a fully fit Neymar, while the same could also be said for PSG who will undoubtedly miss him when they face Real Madrid in the second-leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday.