After the Brazilian was removed during Wednesday’s Coupe de France clash with Caen, Paris Saint-Germain faced a tense wait to find out the extent of Neymar’s injury.
Next week, the Ligue 1 champions kick off their last-16 Champions League tie against Barcelona, having dropped in the 2019-20 final round.
And they’re going to be desperate to count on the talents of their star scorer, who in the competition has missed some important fixtures for his club.
As one of the few frequent first-teamers, the ex-Santos and Barcelona forward started for his side in the Coupe de France as Mauricio Pochettino rotated his XI for the round-of-64 meeting.
Just after half-time, when Moise Kean hit the back of the net, PSG achieved the breakthrough.
But the club’s joy proved short-lived as Neymar went down holding his left adductor muscle 64 minutes into the game.
Directly down the tunnel, the Brazilian vanished, with Kylian Mbappe called off the bench to replace his regular strike partner.
The PSG won the 1-0 contest, but will now face a tense wait for the status of Neymar.
“Everything is fine. He is ready. He’s going to be ready for the next game.”All is well. He’s ready. He’s going to be ready for the next match.
It is not the first time that the health of Neymar has taken center stage ahead of a crucial European knockout match.
The striker broke a metatarsal bone in the 2017-18 season, his first since completing a world-record move from Barca, and missed the last three months of the season, during which time PSG bombed Real Madrid out of the Champions League last 16.
In January 2019, he then suffered an almost identical fate, and could only look on as Manchester United upset the French side at the same time.
On Tuesday at Camp Nou, the first leg of the blockbuster Champions League tie kicks off.
On March 10, Barca will then fly to Parc des Princes for the return leg.