Neymar out of paris saint germain versus manchester united at old-trafford
The Paris Saint Germain manager confirmed forth night ago that Neymar has began treatment for a metatarsal injury but it could keep him out for some weeks
Neymar is doubtful to play when Paris Saint-Germain travel to old-trafford in the Champions League next month, according to manager Thomas Tuchel.
The Ligue 1 champions made it public that the world’s most expensive player had suffered an “aching recurrence” of the injury he sustained to his right foot last season after he limped out of this week’s 2-0 win over Strasbourg in the Coupe de France.
PSG returned to fireld of action in the absence of their star talisman on Sunday, swatting aside Rennes 4-1 as Edinson Cavani hit a brace.
The manager said Neymar would not be fit to play in the first leg of the last-16 tie at Old Trafford on February 12.
Tuchel accepted this was the most likely outcome.
It’s going to be super hard,” he said.
As I explained on Saturday it’s too early to talk about a return date. We have to wait for the first week, which is very vital, and his reaction to conduct.
“Only after that can we be more precise. But it’s going to be super hard – that’s not a secret.”
While the likes of Cavani and his fellow weekend goalscorers Angel Di Maria and Kylian Mbappe can represent for Neymar with ease enough, Tuchel’s squad is not so sufficiently stocked in central midfield.
It makes the long-mooted signing of Leandro Paredes from Zenit all the more pressing, although Tuchel made light of not getting the deal over the line this weekend as had been expected.
“I’ve been expecting him already for a few days, but he isn’t here,” he said.
“I’ve been looking in the shower, in the dressing room, in the treatment room, with the goalkeepers… but he isn’t there.”
Before the United showdown, PSG face two hard league games against Lyon and Bordeaux.
Their win on Sunday moved the Parisians 13 points clear of second-place Lille, yet PSG have two games in hand and could extend their points to 19 points.