Zidane says PSG still unsafe without injured Neymar

GETTYNeymar in action for PSG against Marseille before his injury

GETTYNeymar in action for PSG against Marseille before his injury

Manager Unai Emery hinted earlier this week that Neymar could recover in time to face Real Madrid in the Champions League on March 6, but the decision was then taken for Neymar to instead go under the knife in his homeland.

"Third, he's very young and has a huge will, which makes his preparation for the World Cup much easier".

Neymar will undergo surgery to fix a cracked fifth metatarsal in his right foot Saturday in Brazil.

The PSG forward checked into the Mater Dei hospital in Belo Horizonte for the procedure on Saturday. His recovery timetable, which PSG's doctors estimate at six to eight weeks and Brazil's doctors put between 10 to 12, suggests he'll be able to return to full sometime between April 28 and May 26.

"I have no problem at all in saying that this could even be good for us because he won't have played a lot of games", Mahseredjian added.

Madrid leads 3-1 after the first leg.

Neymar last summer for a record in the history of football Euro 222 million moved from Barcelona to PSG.

Rio de Janeiro: Neymar will undergo surgery this weekend that will keep him out for up to three months but Brazil's trainer said on Thursday the Paris St Germain striker would definitely be ready for the start of the World Cup in mid-June.

The injury has not only ruled the world's most expensive player out of PSG's make-or-break Champions League clash with Real Madrid on March 6, but more worryingly for the football-mad public in Brazil, also threatens the much-fancied national side's build-up to the World Cup, starting in Russian Federation on June 14.

Neymar is, of course, upset, sad, down. He will devote himself to being well as soon as possible.

"We first listened to our doctor's diagnosis, then we've heard Brazil's national team doctor".

The Brazilian has been ruled out for three months and appears unlikely to return again this season, with his participation at the World Cup also now in doubt.

While Neymar's injury won't confirm the dramatic prediction, his lengthy absence will dent Brazil's hopes of winning the tournament but not sink them altogether.

While Neymar faces a race against time to play in the World Cup finals, there's another star striker who fancies his chances of being on the pitch in Russian Federation.

"I don't think we deserved to lose the game but we need to stay focused until the end of every game", said Zidane, referring to Gerard Moreno's injury time victor for Espanyol.

Amid reports of tension between PSG and Brazil's footballing authorities over Neymar's medical treatment, PSG insisted that it would take charge of his recuperation.

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