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Neymar to leave hospital on Sunday after operation



Neymar to leave hospital on Sunday after operation

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Brazilian football star Neymar is seen after surgery with (from left) Brazilian national team doctor Rodrigo Lasmarchief, Aspetar’s chief medical officer Pieter D’Hooghe, and British surgeon James Calder. PHOTO: AFP

Brazil star Neymar will leave a Qatar sports hospital on Sunday to rest before starting rehabilitation after an operation on his ankle, officials said.

Doctors at the Aspetar hospital would not give a date when the 31-year-old Paris Saint-Germain striker would return to action but they are confident that Friday’s surgery was a success.


PSG said before the operation the forward could be out for up to four months, ruling him out of the rest of this season.

“Neymar Junior was operated yesterday, it was very successful,” Mr Hakim Chalabi, assistant director-general at the Aspetar hospital and an adviser to PSG’s medical team, told AFP.

“Right now, he is very good and he is happy.

“He is not so painful and the surgeons who operated are very happy.”

Neymar will leave the 50-bed specialist sports hospital on Sunday, officials said.


Mr Chalabi said that after a period of rest, PSG will start physiotherapy.

“Later on, we will evaluate a time for a return on the field. Right now it is a bit soon to talk about.

“He is going to be on crutches for a few days but then after he should be back to half weight lifting.”

Neymar was stretchered off with his latest injury in a Ligue 1 game against Lille last month. He injured the same ankle in 2018.

Mr Chalabi said that after the operation, Neymar “should be back at a normal level but with less risk of injury.”


Fitness has been a regular concern since PSG signed Neymar for a world-record €222 million in 2017.

He has played only 112 of PSG’s 228 Ligue 1 matches since his arrival.



Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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