Paris (February 27, 2018): Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar suffering with a sprained ankle and a fractured metatarsal on Monday.
The Brazilian, who signed for PSG in a world-record move from Barcelona last year, is now a serious injury doubt for the Champions League last-16 second leg against Real Madrid at the Parc des Princes on March 6.The chances of Neymar returning to fitness in time to face the reigning European champions now appear extremely slim.
He is all but certain to miss Wednesday´s French Cup quarter-final against Marseille and the weekend´s Ligue 1 visit to Troyes, with the Real clash just three days later.
Metatarsal injuries usually take weeks, if not months to recover from.
Neymar himself posted a picture on Instagram of his right leg with the ankle and foot heavily bandaged, before later appearing to delete the post. French newspaper Le Parisien had earlier reported that tests on Monday morning had ruled out a “fracture of a serious sprain”.
But the club later confirmed their fans´ worst fears, with the return game against Real just eight days away.
Tests confirm that @neymarjr sprained his right ankle and cracked his fifth metatarsal during Sunday’s match vs. Marseille.
— PSG English (@PSG_English) February 27, 2018
Despite the injury potentially benefiting Madrid, the Spanish side´s coach Zinedine Zidane claimed he hoped Neymar would recover in time to play.“I´m not happy with the Neymar injury and I hope he can be back for the game. I will never want a rival player to be out injured,” Zidane said at a press conference in the Spanish capital earlier on Monday.
PSG have never reached the Champions League final, and lost at the last-16 stage last season after a humiliating 6-1 second-leg thrashing by a Neymar-inspired Barcelona, having won the first game 4-0.