PARIS — Neymar will have surgery in Brazil on his fractured foot, ruling him out of Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League match next week against Real Madrid.
A day after P.S.G. Coach Unai Emery denied reports that Neymar, a star for the Brazilian national team, would have an operation, the club walked back that statement on Wednesday and announced that he would have surgery.
“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,” P.S.G. said in a statement.
P.S.G. broke soccer’s transfer record last year by paying Barcelona 222 million euros ($260 million) to buy Neymar, in part with the hope that he would lead the club to the Champions League title. But those hopes took a massive blow when he was injured on Sunday during P.S.G.’s 3-0 win over Marseille. Tests later revealed he had a cracked fifth metatarsal in his right foot along with an ankle injury.