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Neymar: Brazil doctor arrives in France to meet PSG's stricken star

Rodrigo Lasmar will meet Neymar and the PSG medical staff regarding the metatarsal and ankle injury he picked up against Marseille in Ligue 1.


Rodrigo Lasmar, the head doctor of the Brazil national team, will arrive in Paris on Tuesday evening to examine Neymar. According to a medical report published by PSG, the 26-year-old suffered a sprained ankle and cracked his fifth metatarsal during the Ligue 1 match with Marseille on Sunday.

Neymar will have further tests once swelling eases

Once the swelling has subsided around his foot, medical staff will do carry out further examinations. “For now, what I know is that there’s a sprain and some kind of fracture,” said Lasmar on SporTVF, “complimentary examinations will be carried out to explain the player’s situation. You have to remain calm at the moment.”

According to AS sources within the player’s inner circle, Neymar has decided to have an operation on the fractured metatarsal. Lasmar, who has travelled from Sochi, Russia, where he was attending the 2018 World Cup Team Workshop, avoided discussing surgery.

“The most important thing now is to see the scan images and have a clear diagnosis. After that, we’ll have various options for treatment. There isn’t one rule, principally because we need to establish if it really is a fracture, and if it’s a complex fracture, for example. There are various medical details that they need to have in mind.”

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Lasmar in contact with PSG doctor

Lasmar has been in contact with the head of the medical department at PSG since Neymar left the pitch in tears and on a stretcher on Sunday. “I’ve spoken to the PSG doctor,” he said, “he will receive me in Paris. I’m going to have a conversation with him to show me the tests and see what they have done so far. They’re waiting for other tests and we’re going to establish the course of action. The most important thing is to remain calm. If it is an incomplete fracture, this type of fracture has various grades. You have to define this before then seeing about the treatment.”

Lasmar’s comments corroborate a statement given by Unai Emery, in which the PSG coach insisted that a decision about the best course of action has not yet been taken. Emery also said there is a chance that Neymar will be available for the second leg of PSG’s Champions League last-16 tie against Real Madrid on March 6th. The Ligue 1 leaders have a 3-1 deficit to overturn from the first leg at the Bernabéu.


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