Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar underwent successful surgery on his broken foot Saturday, officials said, but it will be six weeks before anyone knows when the planet's most expensive footballer will play again.
According to Brazilian website Uol, Neymar's entourage has already prepared his recovery "headquarters" at his villa, which includes a gymnasium and a machine capable of producing 300kg of ice a day, similar to those used by modern football clubs.
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.
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 consisted of the laying of a screw associated with a transplant fixed at the level of the lesion of the fifth metatarsal of the right foot.
However, the 26-year-old is expected to recover in time for the World Cup in Russian Federation.
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PSG will assess Neymar in six weeks to establish a possible date for his return to training, with reports suggesting the 26-year-old could be out of action for around three months.
"When you think how exhausting the European season is, he could even arrive fresher than the others, both physically and emotionally", said Cristiano Nunes, the physiotherapist for Brazilian club Internacional.
PSG's sporting director Antero Henrique admitted there were disagreements behind closed doors about Neymar's injury and the need for surgery.
Brazil's national team doctor, earlier this week said the former Barcelona marksman faced up to three months on the sidelines.
However, they are 3-1 down going into the second leg of their Champions League, last 16 tie at home to Real Madrid on Tuesday.