Paris Saint Germain forward Neymar will miss the Champions League last-16 second leg after being told he needs surgery on his ankle.
The 25-year-old former Barcelona player was stretchered off in the 3-0 win over Marseille on Sunday evening, having sustained a metatarsal fracture and sprained ankle.
Globo Esporte were first to report on Tuesday morning that the Brazilian international would miss two months of football, threatening his participation in PSG’s Ligue 1 and Champions League campaigns, plus his country’s preparations for the World Cup in Russia this summer.
The Parisian club confirmed on Monday that Neymar had suffered a sprain to his right ankle and a fissure to his fifth metatarsal, but they did not confirm the length of unavailability.
The player will now make the decision on whether to sacrifice his domestic season, or potentially cause a problem ahead of the summer.
Neymar has been in scintillating form for PSG this season, scoring 29 goals in 30 games since moving from Barcelona in a €222m deal last summer.
Madrid won the first leg against Unai Emery’s side 3-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu and the Spanish side have found their domestic form since, beating Alaves 4-0 at the weekend, which saw Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo all score.