World Cup hope for Neymar

11 months ago

Neymar has undergone a “successful” operation after fracturing a metatarsal and is expected to be fit for the World Cup with Brazil.

The forward sustained the injury, and a sprained ankle, while playing for Paris Saint-Germain in their 1-0 win over Marseille in Ligue 1.

PSG boss Unai Emery had initially played down the severity of the injury but it became apparent the former Barcelona man would require an operation.

The French giants have now released a short statement on their website saying the operation was “successful” and they will assess Neymar again in around six weeks.

It seems unlikely that the 26-year-old will play for PSG again this season as he is expected to be absent for up to three months, but he should be available for selection by Brazil.

PSG are 14 points clear in Ligue 1 and seem set to claim the title regardless of whether or not their record signing is able to return but their Champions League hopes now look slim.

The Parisian outfit lost the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie 3-1 to Real Madrid in Spain and face an uphill battle to reach the quarter-finals, and Neymar’s absence will come as a huge blow despite the quality they possess in attack.

Brazil open their World Cup account on June 17 against Switzerland and may include Neymar in their squad even if he is not fit for their opener.

The South American heavyweights have also been drawn with Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E and will be confident of topping the group irrespective of whether or not their talisman can play in their opening three fixtures.