PSG loses Neymar to ankle surgery, could miss rest of season

PSG's Neymar is carried off the pitch on a stretcher after being injured during a French league football match between Paris Saint-Germain and Lille at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Sunday, February 19, 2023. (AP Photo/ Christoph Ena)
PSG striker Neymar is carried off the pitch on a stretcher after injuring his ankle during Sunday’s match against Lille at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

On Monday, Paris Saint-Germain announced that Neymar needed surgery to repair torn ligaments in his right ankle and could possibly miss the rest of the season as he recovers.

“Neymar Jr has had several episodes of instability in his right ankle in recent years. This is stated in a statement by PSG. via the Associated Press. “Following his last sprain on February 20, the Paris Saint-Germain medical staff recommended ligament repair surgery to avoid a serious risk of recurrence. All interviewed experts confirmed this need.”

The operation is due to take place later this week in Doha, the capital of Qatar. (PSG is owned by Qatar Sports Investments.)

Neymar suffered an ankle injury last month against Lille (you may remember Lionel Messi’s magical 95th-minute goal that gave PSG victory) and had to be carried off the pitch. He also suffered an ankle injury during last year’s World Cup in Qatar.

The club, which currently tops the French league and is likely to win it, has estimated that Neymar will need 3-4 months to rehab and recover from surgery.

This presents two scenarios. If he is ready to approach the four-month mark, he will miss the rest of the season. If he’s ready to get close to the three-month mark, he might be able to return for the Champions League final on June 10.

But that’s only if PSG gets to that point. First, they have to deal with Bayern Munich on Wednesday in the second leg of the 1/8 finals. Neymar was excluded from this match at the end of last week.


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