Brazil star Neymar to undergo ankle surgery, out for rest of PSG’s season

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Neymar will undergo season-ending surgery on his damaged right ankle and will be out for up to four months, Paris Saint-Germain said on Monday.

Neymar will miss PSG’s Champions League game at Bayern Munich on Wednesday and will undergo surgery in the coming days at a hospital in Doha, the Qatar-backed club said.

“Neymar Jr. has had several episodes of instability in his right ankle in recent years,” PSG said in a statement. “Following his latest sprain on February 20, Paris Saint-Germain’s medical staff recommended an operation to repair the ligaments to avoid a significant risk of recurrence. All experts consulted have confirmed this need.”

Neymar suffered his latest injury last month in a 4-3 win against Lille in the French league. He also injured his right ankle in Brazil’s opening match at the World Cup in Qatar last year, but the forward was able to return later in the tournament.

[Neymar stretchered off with ankle injury ahead of Bayern second leg]

Neymar has not played for PSG since the Lille match when he was stretchered off, but his absence has coincided with his team’s resurgence, as Kylian Mbappé and Lionel Messi stepped up.

Neymar has been sidelined with foot, groin, rib and ankle injuries since joining the club for a record €222 million (then $263 million) from Barcelona in 2017.

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PSG lead Bayern 1-0 ahead of the Champions League last 16 second leg. PSG will travel to Germany with defender Marquinhos, who trained with his teammates on Monday and was included in the 22-man squad.

Marquinhos was a doubt after coming off injured in Saturday’s win over Nantes in the French league. Right-back Achraf Hakimi was also included after recovering from a hamstring injury despite being charged with rape last week.

Report from The Associated Press.

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