Belo Horizonte, Brazil: Surgery on the broken right foot of Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar went successfully Saturday, officials said, leaving the planet’s most expensive footballer in a race to recuperate before the World Cup.
The operation, performed by Brazilian national team surgeon Rodrigo Lasmar, began early yesterday morning in the Mater Dei hospital in Belo Horizonte.
Just after midday (1500 GMT), a spokesman from the Brazilian football federation announced that the operation was over.
“Neymar is already in his room. It went well,” he said.
Neymar broke his fifth metatarsal – the bone leading to his small toe – during a 3-0 drubbing of Marseille on February 25.
The striker – whose transfer from Barcelona cost PSG a record 222 million euros ($264 million) last August – has scored 28 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions for the club.
Neymar will miss PSG’s make-or-break game against Real Madrid next Tuesday.