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Neymar leaves hospital after 'successful' surgery

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Neymar at Pampulha airport in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, March 4, 2018
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Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar left the hospital in Brazil on Sunday (March 4) after what his club said was a "successful" operation on his foot and ankle.

Neymar was reported to have flown from the Mater Dei hospital in a helicopter and was later pictured boarding a small jet plane at Belo Horizonte airport.

The world's most expensive player was operated on by the Brazil national team doctor in Belo Horizonte to repair the fractured metatarsal and sprained ankle he suffered in last weekend's French league match against Olympique Marseille.

Rodrigo Lasmar inserted a pin in the fifth metatarsal and the procedure "went perfectly," the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said in words almost identical to those used by the French club in their statement.

Although the injury is expected keep Neymar out of action for up to three months, doctors say he will be back in time for the World Cup, which kicks off in Russia in June.