Brazilian football star Neymar arrived in hospital in Belo Horizonte on Friday, where he will undergo a surgery Saturday to fix a broken bone in his right foot that has put a hole in Paris Saint-Germain’s season and given Brazil the jitters, three and a half months out from the World Cup.
Neymar flew into Rio de Janeiro early Thursday ahead the operation that will rule him out for up to three months. Neymar suffered a hairline fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot as well as a twisted ankle late in PSG’s 3-0 win over Marseille in Ligue 1 on Sunday.
For PSG, the broken bone means saying goodbye to their prize player for the crucial Champions League match against Real Madrid next week.
And for his national team Brazil, where Neymar is also seen as a key match winner, the concern is to get him playing before the World Cup in Russia, which starts in June.
Neymar has scored 28 goals and provided 16 assists for the Ligue 1 leaders this season.