The PSG star, who fractured a metatarsal and twisted an ankle late in the Ligue 1 side’s 3-0 win over Marseille last weekend, arrived back to his homeland on Thursday.
The world’s most expensive footballer will undergo surgery on Saturday, meaning he will miss PSG’s Champions League clash against Real Madrid on Tuesday and is now touch and go to return in time for this summer’s footballing showpiece in Russia.
“It’s important to say that it was not a simple fissures the foot as it is being reported. It was a fracture of an important bone in the middle of the foot. It is important to make it very clear. The time to recover from this fracture is between two and a half up to three months,” Dr. Rodrigo Lasmar, Brazil National Team Chief Doctor, told assembled media after travelling with the 26-year-old to Rio de Janeiro.
He added: “To be honest, what worries us is to fully recover the player, his health comes first. May he recover well and be available to his club and to the national team as soon as possible, that’s our challenge. Of course, there are some goals that we have, some deadlines.
“We will endeavour our best to be in this deadline so he can arrive well at the final games of his league for PSG, if possible, and for the national team.”
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Higuain, 30, has 31 goals from his 69 international appearances and takes his place in a 22-man squad made up entirely of players based outside of Argentina.
Argentina, with Lionel Messi in the squad, will face Italy at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium on March 23 and Spain at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid, four days later.
Two-time world champions Argentina will also face Israel at a venue yet to be decided in their last warm-up game before opening their World Cup campaign in Russia against Iceland on June 16.
They also face Croatia and Nigeria in the group stage.
Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Man Utd), Nahuel Guzman (Tigres UANL), Willy Caballero (Chelsea)
Defenders: Federico Fazio (Roma), Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla), Nicolas Otamendi (Man City), Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton), Marcos Rojo (Man Utd), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica)
Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Hebei Fortune), Ever Banega (Sevilla), Lucas Biglia (AC Milan), Leandro Paredes (Zenit Saint-Petersburg), Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain), Giovani Lo Celso (Paris Saint-Germain), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham)
Attackers: Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Sergio Aguero (Man City), Diego Perotti (Roma)
Brazilian superstar Neymar will undergo foot surgery on Saturday and recovery will take as long as three months, the national team doctor said Thursday.
Rodrigo Lasmar, quoted on the website of Brazilian newspaper O Globo, said the world’s most expensive footballer was resigned to the lengthy lay-off.
The 26-year-old was carried off nine minutes from the end of his side’s 3-0 win over Marseille on Sunday.
Lasmar said, according to O Globo: “Neymar suffered a fracture to the fifth metatarsal, it is an important fracture in a foot bone. The operation will be in Belo Horizonte on Saturday morning, and the recovery takes from two and a half months to three months.
“Neymar is sad, but understands that he has no alternative now. He will devote himself to being well as soon as possible. We will do our best to get him ready as soon as possible.”
The lay-off means Neymar may miss the rest of the season with PSG, returning to fitness just weeks before Brazil’s World Cup campaign.
Brazilians are naturally concerned about the player’s condition ahead o the World Cup, where they have ambitions of walking away with a sixth title.
“We just might have lost the World Cup last Sunday,” one radio commentator, Milton Neves of Bandnews FM, said Wednesday.
Images of Sunday’s fateful duel between Neymar and Marseille player Bouna Sarr were being shown incessantly on TV, often in slo-mo, before he was stretchered off.
Newspapers featured close-up illustrations detailing Neymar’s foot and ankle.
“I don’t think we can really talk about fears of him not being at the World Cup. But there is a noticeable haste to find a solution so that Neymar will have recovered in time,” an ESPN Brasil sports commentator, Mauro Cezar Pereira, told AFP.
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