Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar was to leave hospital on Sunday after a successful operation on his broken foot, but it will be six weeks before doctors know when the world's most expensive player can train again.
"The operation will be in Belo Horizonte on Saturday morning, and the recovery takes from two-and-a-half months to three months", he was quoted as saying by BBC Sport.
Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar, right, and French doctor Gerard Saillant, representing PSG, speak after the surgery.
The operation was declared a complete success.
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Neymar may not be able to influence PSG's results on the pitch, but Henrique is adamant the 26-year-old will be able to play a pivotal role from the stands while he recovers.
Neymar will also have to sit out Brazil's friendlies against Russian Federation and Germany. The operation was to fix a cracked fifth metatarsal in his right foot.
"An assessment will be conducted in six weeks in order to determine the possible date of his return to training".
"When you think how exhausting the European season is, he could even arrive fresher than the others, both physically and emotionally", said Cristiano Nunes, the physiotherapist for Brazilian club Internacional. "He will devote himself to being well as soon as possible", said Lasmar.
PSG lost 3-1 to Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 in Spain and host the defending European champions at the Parc des Princes on 6 March.