The father of Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar claims that his son should undergo surgery on a foot injury, and implored the club to allow him to go under the knife as soon as possible.
Subsequent medical tests, however, showed that the Brazilian had additionally cracked a metatarsal bone , effectively ruling him out of PSG's Champions League tie with Real Madrid.
And while there has been some confusion over whether he would need surgical intervention on the problem , Neymar Sr. insisted that the forward must be allowed to go under the knife.
"PSG already know they will not have Neymar for the next six to eight weeks," he said in an interview with ESPN .
"The decision [to undergo surgery] lies with PSG and will be made as a team after the arrival of the Brazil national team doctor.
"It is vital to make it quickly because we cannot wait. Surgery is the quickest way to accelerate the player's recovery."
The news that Neymar will miss up to two months was greeted with consternation not just in Paris, but also in Neymar's native Brazil.
Selecao coach Tite delayed the announcement of his squad for friendly matches in March after learning of the injury, and if Neymar Sr.'s prognosis is accurate the forward will return to action as late as the beginning of May, just one month before the World Cup begins in Russia.
Neymar has already suffered World Cup heartbreak in his career, having missed out on the semifinal of the 2014 edition in his homeland following an injury sustained in the quarterfinal against Colombia. He now faces a race against time to be at his best for next summer's edition.
Three-time world champions Pele had previously hailed the 26-year-old as a "superstar" and the best player in the world technically, while Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane was eager for the forward to be able to prove his fitness for the forthcoming last-16 meeting between the sides.
News of Neymar's plight, though, has not been greeted with universal sympathy. Marseille defender Jordan Amavi claimed that the forward was "looking for things" during last Sunday's match.