Barcelona striker Neymar has revealed that he is to undergo minor throat surgery, in an attempt to resolve a long-standing gland problem prior to moving to Spain, reports the Guardian.
The 21-year-old was speaking off the back of Brazil's Confederations Cup triumph, after beating Spain 3-0 at the Maracana Stadium on Sunday evening, and confirmed plans for the small operation.
"It's a problem that I have, my throat always bothers me, so we're going to operate to resolve it once and for all," he said, adding that it was not a serious issue.
Neymar was named player of the tournament at the Confederations Cup, and handed the Golden Ball award, having lived up to his billing following the confirmation of his high-profile transfer to Camp Nou before the competition started.
The former Santos star will arrive at Barca for a reported €57million fee - which equates to around £49million - and he'll be hoping to carry his impressive international form, after scoring four times for Brazil in the tournament, into the 2013/14 La Liga campaign.
Neymar's operation, which is scheduled for Friday, will be presided over by Barcelona's medical staff, and expected to sideline him for around nine days while he recovers from the minor procedure.