Paris Saint-Germain confirm Neymar has fractured metatarsal

Arnold Nichols
March 2, 2018

Brazil worldwide and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) hitman, Neymar, suffered "a sprain of the right ankle and fissure of the fifth metatarsal", the club said.

However, he was clear in his dismissal of a report published by Brazilian newspaper Globo Esporte on Tuesday morning that claimed a decision had already been reached for Neymar to undergo an operation, and that he would be out until May.

Before that, PSG plays Marseille in the French Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday, and is at Troyes in the league on Saturday. It's up to Neymar, together with his staff, to take a decision.

Former England skipper Terry broke the fifth metatarsal in his right foot in November a year ago during Aston Villa's home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday and returned to action the following January. This is a moment of calm.

PSG did not provide a timeline for Neymar's return, but the injury typically requires a minimum of one month on the sidelines - essentially confirming he will not be able to take part in PSG's bid for Champions League revenge against the Blancos.

Neymar has been in scintillating form for PSG this season, scoring 29 goals in 30 games since moving from Barcelona in a €222m deal last summer.

Neymar's injury could also be detrimental to Brazil's chances at the World Cup, which starts in less than four months in Russian Federation.

"For now, we are calm and are waiting to see how Neymar recovers - if he does, that's fantastic and if not, we have alternatives".

"It is false [the report]", Emery said. "I will never want a rival player to be out injured", Zidane said at a news conference in Madrid on Monday. While they could yet do so, advancing past Real Madrid - who they trail to 3-1 after the first leg - will be made considerably tougher by Neymar's absence.

"I am patient. There is a small possibility that he will be ready to face Real". We are going to wait.

Emery conceded that surgery might be necessary, but he stressed that it is not a foregone conclusion. Confirming Neymar's injury, the Paris club recently released a statement about their star stalwart. "Things like this are not decided just like that [snaps fingers]". To decide something important like this, patience and calm are required. "There's a lot of information from outside, but the truth is what I told you, which is what the doctor told me".

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