PSG have suffered a huge blow in their hopes of overturning their first-leg deficit to Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League, with the news that Neymar is set to miss the return fixture after picking up an ankle injury at the weekend.
The Brazilian forward was carried off in tears on a stretcher in the Parisian’s 3-0 victory over Marseille, with fears that his season may have been over following a nasty collision with full-back Bouna Sarr.
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Sky Sports are now reporting that Neymar is set to be out for up to three weeks – which means he would not be fit in time for the crucial game on March 6.
The news will come as a huge blow to Unai Emery’s side given the stunning form of the 26-year-old in his debut campaign at the club. The former Barcelona man has scored 28 goals and laid on 16 assists in 30 appearances for the club and has formed a lethal partnership with Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani.
The world record signing of Neymar in the summer was seen as a real statement by the French side in their quest to win the Champions League trophy, but with a two-goal deficit to amend and their talisman facing a spell on the sidelines, it will be a real tough task.
However, PSG’s own second-leg capitulation against Barcelona last season, when their 4-0 lead was wiped out by a 6-1 hammering largely caused by Neymar, is proof that stranger things have happened.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena