Brazilian football sensation, Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, commonly known as Neymar, on Sunday was discharged from the hospital; he left by helicopter, a day after a successful foot operation, to begin his recovery ahead of a possible World Cup return.
According to Brazilian website Uol, Neymar’s entourage have already prepared his recovery “headquarters” at his villa, which includes a gymnasium and a machine capable of producing 300kg of ice a day, similar to those used by modern football clubs.
The 26-year-old Paris Saint-Germain forward went to the airport in Belo Horizonte by helicopter, from where he was expected to head on a private jet to his luxury villa at the Mangaratiba beach resort around 100km from Rio de Janeiro.
His recovery will be monitored by Brazil and PSG physiotherapist Rafael Martini, who has been working alongside Neymar since he started his career at Santos in Sao Paulo.
The whole of Brazil is holding its breath while waiting to see if their superstar player, who captained the country to Olympic gold on home turf in 2016, would be fit to play in Russia.
But while Brazil frets over his potential World Cup availability, PSG are keen to get Neymar back playing before the end of the season, although he will miss Tuesday’s crunch Champions League last 16 second leg against PSG’s friendly foe, Real Madrid, at home.
Both Brazil and PSG hailed a successful operation on Saturday on the fractured fifth metatarsal in Neymar’s right foot.
The world’s most expensive player will not start training for at least another six weeks, the French doctor representing PSG at the Belo Horizonte hospital, Gerard Saillant, told journalists on Saturday.