Neymar will spend a period on the sidelines after suffering a cracked metatarsal during PSG's 3-0 Ligue 1 victory over rivals Marseille on Monday (AEDT). But on Sunday he looked to be in tears as he was stretchered off the field at the Parc des Princes.
PSG lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in the first leg of their European tie in Spain two weeks ago and are in danger of being knocked out of the competition in the last 16 for the second season running.
"But [surgery] is the best decision for him, for the club, for the national team of Brazil".
He could also play in a deeper role as part of a midfield four with Mbappé and Cavani up top, with 'El Fideo' freeing the young Frenchman up from his defensive duties.
"We made the decision together". After surgery we will have more details about this time.
Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, absent for Sunday's loss, had produced a magnificent save to deny Di Maria minutes earlier but was helpless to keep out the Argentine's shot as it flicked Adil Rami before nestling in the corner.
"Now the most important thing is PSG".
Neymar is sure to miss the rematch of the Champions League's eighth rounds against Real Madrid on March 6th, although Parisian coach Unai Emery hoped he would get involved. "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.
Five-times World Cup winners Brazil play their first match on 17 June against Switzerland and then face Costa Rica and Serbia.