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Emery forced to deny Neymar ‘surgery’ claims

Paris Saint Germain boss Unai Emery has been forced to deny Neymar needs surgery on his ankle, despite reports claiming he could face two months on the sidelines.

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.

However, that has now been countered by the former Sevilla boss, who says the Brazilian does not require surgery.

“The reports Neymar will undergo surgery are totally false,” Emery told a press conference, as cited by El Mundo Deportivo.

“Today I met with the doctor and he told me of the full extent of the injury and the decisions to be taken regarding his recovery.

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“We will see how he progresses before making a decision, and that will be made with the player himself.

“For now, we are calm and are waiting to see how Neymar recovers – if he does, that’s fantastic and if not, we have alternatives.”

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.

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