Neymar limped off with a recurrence of a right-foot injury during Paris Saint-Germain’s 2-0 French Cup win against Strasbourg on Wednesday, casting doubt whether he will face Manchester United in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 match
Shared News: Updated: January 24, 2019 11:13:19 am
paris St Germain’s Neymar receives medical attention REUTERS
Neymar limped off with a recurrence of a right-foot injury during Paris Saint-Germain’s 2-0 French Cup win against Strasbourg on Wednesday, casting doubt whether he will face Manchester United in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 match next month. The Brazil forward had just received the ball on the left when he raised his hand to seemingly signal to his coach Thomas Tuchel he was in pain, and looked to be in tears as he left the field at Parc des Princes.
A few hours after Neymar was taken to hospital, PSG said in a statement in the early hours of Thursday that “the first tests carried out showed a painful reactivation” of the fifth metatarsal in the right foot he fractured nearly exactly one year ago playing against Marseille.
PSG added that Neymar’s condition will be further assessed “in the coming days” to determine how long he will be out of the lineup. PSG travels to face a resurgent United side at Old Trafford on Feb. 12 with the return leg in Paris on March 6. “All therapeutic options need to be envisaged,” PSG said on its website.
In February of last year, Neymar cracked the fifth metatarsal in his right foot, and he underwent surgery back home in Brazil. Although he recovered in time for the World Cup, he was not at his best in Russia.
Neymar limped heavily as he walked to the dressing room on Wednesday night, consoled by a PSG staff member, and looked visibly upset as he wiped his face with his right arm following his third significant injury in the space of a calendar year.
It was unclear how Neymar sustained his latest injury but he had been on the receiving end of a heavy tackle from midfielder Anthony Goncalves earlier in the match. Television images then later showed Neymar rolling off his sock and pointing to the side of his right foot.
A frustrated Tuchel said Neymar was not protected enough on the pitch.