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Neymar ankle surgery a success, says PSG

AFP . Doha
11 Mar 2023 14:13:00 | Update: 11 Mar 2023 15:17:24
Neymar ankle surgery a success, says PSG
This handout picture provided by Aspetar Hospital in Doha on March 10, 2023 shows Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar da Silva Santos Junior gesturing in bed after after undergoing surgery at the facility, accompanied by the hospital's Chief Medical Officer Dr Pieter D'Hooghe, ankle surgeon Dr Pierre James Calder, and Brazilian surgeon and national team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar — AFP Photo

Surgeons at a Qatari hospital on Friday "successfully" operated on the right ankle of Brazil star Neymar following an injury that will rule him out for the rest of the season, his club said.

The 31-year-old Paris Saint-Germain player hobbled into Aspetar hospital in Doha on crutches early Friday and the operation was finished within hours.

"Neymar Jr was successfully operated on late this morning," Paris Saint-Germain said in a statement.

"The player will now follow a protocol of rest and treatment."

Neither the club nor Aspetar would say whether Neymar had left the hospital again.

The operation was led by British surgeon, James Calder, who has treated several European football stars.

Neymar is facing up to four months on the sidelines after suffering the latest in a series of injury problems against Lille last month playing Lille.

Fitness has been a regular concern since Paris Saint-Germain signed Neymar for a world-record 222 million euros ($264m) in 2017.

He has played only 49 per cent of PSG's Ligue 1 matches — 112 out of 228 — since his arrival.

Neymar, who was also treated in Qatar after suffering an injury to the same ankle in 2018, has vowed to "come back stronger" from his latest upset.