Affected in the left adductor, Neymar will not play the round of 16 of the Champions League between Barça and PSG, next week (February 16, 9 p.m. on RMC Sport). The Brazilian is unavailable for four weeks.
After three times this can be called a “law of series”. As in 2018 and 2019, PSG will have to do without Neymar for the knockout stages of the Champions League. The Brazilian striker has withdrawn from the first leg against FC Barcelona, scheduled in five days at Camp Nou (February 16, 9 p.m., live on RMC Sport). Touched and replaced in the 59th minute during the 32nd final of the Coupe de France between Caen and PSG (0-1) on Wednesday, the striker suffers from the left adductor.
The exams taken this Thursday revealed an absence of four weeks, which will make him miss the reunion with his former club next week. His participation is also uncertain for the second leg. “Neymar JR was the victim of a lesion of the long left adductor on Wednesday evening. On the analysis of the clinical examination and the imaging examinations, it is to be expected an unavailability of about 4 weeks depending on the evolution”, announces a press release from PSG.
A very big blow for the Brazilian and his trainer Mauricio Pochettino, already deprived of Angel Di Maria for this shock.
The former Santos player relapses at the worst time after a very good start to 2021, during which he proclaimed his joy to evolve in Paris. He has multiplied declarations of love for the club with which he is close to linking his future for four more seasons.
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Its European history with Paris seems damned. In 2017-2018, during his first season in the French capital, he missed the shock against Real Madrid in the round of 16 due to a sprained right ankle and a crack in the fifth metatarsus. Rebelote the following season against Manchester United with a right foot injury contracted in January 2019 against Strasbourg.
He finally played his first eighth with Paris in C1 last season against Borussia Dortmund. He had been the great architect of the qualification for the quarter-finals after a big performance in the return match at Parc des Princes (2-0). He hopes to relive such a scenario in 2021. Package for the first leg, Neymar is now engaged in a race against time to play the return against Barça in Paris on March 10.