Neymar will 'come back stronger' from ankle surgery
Neymar promised to "come back stronger" after Paris Saint-Germain said on Monday the forward requires ankle surgery and will be out of action for three to four months.
The Brazilian, who injured his ankle on February 19 against Lille in Ligue 1, "has had several episodes of instability in his right ankle in recent years," said the club, adding that its medical staff "recommended a ligament repair operation to avoid a major risk of recurrence".
Neymar tweeted he would not be discouraged by his latest injury.
"I'll come back stronger," he wrote with a praying hands emoji.
Qatar-owned PSG said Neymar would go under the knife in Doha "in the next few days" and said it would take "three to four months before he can return to training with the team".
"Neymar Jr has had several episodes of instability in his right ankle in recent years," PSG said in a statement.
"Following his last sprain contracted on February 20, the medical staff... recommended a ligament repair operation to avoid a major risk of recurrence. All the experts consulted have confirmed this necessity.
"A delay of three to four months is expected before his return to training."
The club's coach, Christophe Galtier, said Neymar's absence would be a big loss.
"He is one of the top scorers and assist providers in Ligue 1, so he is a big loss," Galtier told reporters.
"Without Neymar, we may have two midfielders and three attackers or three midfielders and two attackers. There are players who can get in behind from all sorts of different positions."
PSG are top of the league with an eight-point lead over second-placed Olympique de Marseille. They face Bayern Munich on Wednesday in the Champions League last-16 second leg where they trail 1-0.