Doha doctors give update on Neymar but PSG return date not yet confirmed

Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar underwent a successful ankle operation at the Aspetar sports hospital in Doha, Qatar, according to the clinic’s medical director Hakim Chalabi who spoke to AFP, reported by RMC Sport. However, Chalabi refrained from providing a timeline for the player’s return to action for Christophe Galtier’s side. 

PSG had earlier stated that the 31-year-old forward could be out of action for up to four months, ruling him out of the remainder of the French league season. “Neymar underwent surgery yesterday, and it was successful,” Chalabi told AFP. The procedure was performed under general anesthesia, and the player is “doing very well and is happy,” he added.

Chalabi stated that Neymar will remain at the Aspetar sports hospital for at least two more days before beginning physiotherapy. “We will evaluate the timing of his return to the field later. It is a little early to talk about it now,” he said. The decision will be made in consultation with his surgeons after additional tests have been completed. According to Chalabi, Neymar “will need to use crutches for a few days, but he should then be able to resume strength training.”

Neymar had to be carried off the pitch on a stretcher after his latest injury during a Ligue 1 match against Lille last month. He had previously injured the same ankle in 2018. Following the operation, the player is expected to return to his “normal level but with less risk of injury,” the doctor said. Neymar has been plagued by injuries since his record-breaking €222 million transfer to PSG in 2017, causing him to miss more than a hundred matches due to injuries and suspensions.

GFFN | George Boxall

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