PARIS (AP) – Neymar will undergo season-ending surgery on his damaged right ankle and will be out for up to four months, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) said on Monday.
Neymar will miss the Champions League match at Bayern Munich and will be operated on at a hospital in Doha, the Qatari-backed club said.
“Neymar Jr has presented several episodes of instability of the right ankle in recent years,” PSG said in a statement. “Following his last sprain on February 20, the PSG medical staff recommended a ligament repair operation to avoid a major risk of recurrence. All the experts consulted have confirmed this necessity.”
Neymar picked up his latest injury last month in a 4-3 win over Lille in the French league.
He also injured his right ankle in Brazil’s opening match at last year’s World Cup in Qatar, but the forward was able to return later in the tournament.
Neymar has not played for PSG since the Lille game when he was taken off on a stretcher, but his absence has coincided with his team’s resurgence as Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi raised their levels.
Neymar has been sidelined by foot, groin, rib and ankle injuries since joining the club for a record EUR222 million (then USD263 million) from Barcelona in 2017.
PSG trails Bayern 1-0 ahead of the second leg in the round of 16 of the Champions League.
PSG will travel to Germany with stalwart defender Marquinhos, who trained with his teammates on Monday and was included in the 22-player group.
Marquinhos was doubtful after coming off injured in Saturday’s win over Nantes in the French league. Right back Achraf Hakim was also included after recovering from a hamstring injury.