Surgery sidelines stricken Neymar
Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed that world record signing Neymar is facing a significant spell out of action as he requires surgery on a foot injury.
The Brazilian superstar was injured during a 3-0 Ligue 1 victory over Marseille last weekend, with subsequent scans showing a sprained ankle and a fractured metatarsal which requires an operation to repair.
That means Neymar will definitely miss the second leg of the Champions League last-16 tie against Real Madrid, with PSG needing to overturn a 3-1 deficit from the first leg in the Spanish capital.
With his father having already suggested a period of six to eight weeks out of action, a statement from PSG confirmed: "After an initial treatment period of three days in line with a strict medical protocol, a joint decision has been taken between the medical staffs of both Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil national team.
"In agreement with the player, it has been decided that he will undergo surgery in Brazil at the end of this week."
Meanwhile, PSG head coach Unai Emery has backed to rest of his squad step up to the plate in the absence of Neymar, having seen his side repeat a 3-0 win over Marseille to reach the semi-finals of the French Cup.
He told the club's official website: "Now we turn our attentions to Saturday's (league) match away to Troyes, before we think about Real Madrid.
"I want to have every player available - both the players that start the match and those that are on the bench and can come on and make a difference."
PSG can be backed at 5/2 to reach the Champions League quarter-finals, with Real priced at 1/3, while a draw in the second leg of their last-16 tie is available at 7/2.
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