BRAZILIAN superstar Neymar, the world’s most expensive footballer, will undergo surgery on his foot and ankle injury in Brazil at the end of this week, Paris Saint-Germain said Wednesday.
“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,” PSG said in a statement.
“In accordance with the player, it has been decided that Neymar Jr will undergo surgery in Brazil at the end of this week.
“He will be operated on by Dr. Rodrigo Lasmar, accompanied by Professor Saillant, representing PSG.”
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Rodrigo Lasmar, the surgeon with the Brazilian national squad, will carry out the operation on the 26-year-old whose father claimed Tuesday will be out of action for at least six weeks.
Neymar, who suffered a hairline fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot as well as a twisted ankle late in PSG’s 3-0 win over Marseille in Ligue 1 on Sunday, will miss the Champions League last-16 clash at home to Real Madrid on Tuesday where PSG look to overturn a 3-1 first leg deficit.
In commentary, Brenton Speed said: “Parris went down, the referee had a good long look at it and felt like Australia had infringed…
“Unless VAR overrules this — there is nothing in that surely?”
Fellow commentator and W-League star Georgia Yeoman-Dale added: “This is when should say to the referee, ‘Come and check it out on video and make sure you saw what you saw.’
“On first replay it looks like Carpenter has barely touched Parris.”
The referee, however, didn’t check any replays herself and let the penalty stand after a VAR check.
Thankfully for the Matildas, Micah was in sensational form on the night having already made two massive saves in the first half.
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She made a match-saving stop to her left to deny Caroline Weir and, less than three minutes later, teen gun Mary Fowler nailed a long-range stunner via a deflection to give the Matildas the lead.
It was a stunning team comeback, but Micah can take credit for two game-changing moments; first to hold out Team GB in the first half when the Matildas were under pressure, and again in the first half of extra time with her penalty save.
Micah, 23, has been a revelation at the Olympics after coach Tony Gustavsson made the bold decision to pick her over Arsenal goalkeeper and Matildas veteran Lydia Williams.
The Matildas next assignment is a rematch on Monday (9pm AEST) against Sweden, who beat Australia 4-2 in the group stage.