Rio de Janeiro: Neymar will undergo surgery this weekend that will keep him out for up to three months but Brazil's trainer said on Thursday the Paris St Germain striker would definitely be ready for the start of the World Cup in mid-June.
The world's most expensive player was operated on by the Brazil national team doctor in Belo Horizonte to fix the fractured metatarsal and sprained ankle he suffered in last weekend's French league match against Olympique Marseille. Asked Friday whether the club had lost control of Neymar, PSG coach Unai Emery said both sides are working hand-in-hand.
"Rehabilitation will begin immediately after the operation under the supervision of the physiotherapist of the club".
But if Lasmar's prognosis of a almost three-month wait is true, then Brazil will be scrambling even to get him ready for the World Cup in Russian Federation starting in June.
'The operation, conducted by Doctor Rodrigo Lasmar, was successful.
PSG confirmed the injury on Wednesday, ruling him out of the club's Champions League last-16, second leg, against Spanish holders Real Madrid.
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"Neymar suffered a fracture to the fifth metatarsal, it is an important fracture in a foot bone", Lasmar told Brazilian newspaper O Globo.
Amid reports of tension between PSG and Brazil's footballing authorities over Neymar's medical treatment, PSG insisted that it would take charge of his recuperation. Staff at the hospital, a tall building with mirrored windows, were put on information lockdown, with a ban on using their cellphones anywhere near the star.
A potential plus for Neymar is that the enforced break from competitive football may do him good.
"Internally, we speak with much clarity", said Emery.
"I hope he recovers quickly in time for the Cup, so that he can play", said Mateus Falqueto, 13, who waited outside the hospital in the hope of getting Neymar's autograph on a yellow Brazilian team shirt that had already been signed by several other players.