PSG Announces Star Neymar Suffers Fractured Metatarsal, Sprained Ankle


PSG confirmed late on Monday that Brazilian star Neymar suffered a fractured metatarsal and sprained ankle during Sunday's game against Marseille.

With the game already as good as over, the stadium held its breath as the former Barcelona forward was treated and then carried away, with PSG forced to finish the match with 10 men having made all of their substitutions. "I do not think that one player would affect next week's match, because there will always be a substitute if Neymar can't play, and he (the substitute) will be motivated and ready to play the game", Zidane said. "He has to rest".

Before facing Real, PSG face Marseille once more in Wednesday's Coupe de France quarter-final and Troyes in the league on Saturday.

Neymar was stretchered off in tears during their 3-0 Ligue 1 win against Marseille on Sunday with an ankle injury and is unlikely to return in time for the second-leg of their last 16 tie at the Parc des Princes on March 6.

Despite the injury potentially benefiting Madrid, the Spanish side's coach Zinedine Zidane claimed he hoped Neymar would recover in time to play. "Hopefully he can play the game, because in the end the player must be there, and I have never wished for a rival player to miss a game with an injury", Zidane said at a press conference a day before his La Liga match against Espanyol.

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The Frenchman, quoted by L'Equipe, said: "I don't like it when a player hurts himself, I am not happy about the injury to Neymar".

"We will be optimistic".

"If today I had to say yes or no to be fit against Real, I want to say yes".

PSG went a goal up at the Bernabeu thanks to Adrien Rabiot but succumbed to a comeback from the hosts, and their chances of overturning the deficit look that much slimmer without Neymar present.