Paris Saint-Germain’s (PSG) star player Neymar Jr has suffered a sprained ankle and ligament damage, according to a statement released by the club. The Brazilian forward was carried off the field in tears during the French Cup match against Ligue 2 side Caen on Wednesday.
PSG did not disclose how long Neymar would be out of action, but further tests are scheduled for the start of next week. This means that Neymar will miss PSG’s upcoming matches, including the away match against Marseille on Sunday, the match against Nantes on March 4, and the second leg of the Champions League last-16 tie against Bayern Munich on March 8.
Neymar’s injury is a big blow for PSG, who are currently trailing Bayern Munich 1-0 in the Champions League. PSG will be hoping that Neymar will recover in time for the second leg, as they look to advance to the quarterfinals.
Neymar’s injury record has been a cause for concern for PSG and Brazil in recent years. The 29-year-old has suffered multiple injuries since joining PSG in 2017, including a foot injury that ruled him out of the 2018 World Cup. Neymar has also been criticized for his diving and playacting on the field, which has led to several injuries.
PSG will need to rely on their other star players, including Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria, in Neymar’s absence. The French club is currently second in Ligue 1, three points behind leaders Lille. They will be hoping to close the gap in the upcoming matches, as they aim to defend their Ligue 1 title and win the Champions League for the first time in their history.
Injuries are part and parcel of football, and Neymar’s injury is a reminder of the physical toll that the sport can take on players. PSG will be hoping for a speedy recovery for their star player, as they look to achieve their goals this season.
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