Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar was taken off the field on a stretcher after suffering an ankle injury that turned to his stomach during the Week 15 clash with Saint-Etienne.
PSG extended the top of Ligue 1 with a 3-1 victory at Saint-Etienne, thanks to a double from Marquinhos and a goal from Angel Di Maria.
However, the contest was overshadowed by a serious 84th-minute injury to Neymar, who may now be facing a long time on the sidelines.
The Brazilian forward was writhing in pain after his ankle was let loose when his foot landed on the foot of the Saint-Etienne player, who was making a tackle late in the second half.
Neymar’s PSG teammates were visibly worried as PSG medical staff rushed to help the striker off the pitch, raising concerns about his fitness for the remainder of the season.
Neymar took to social media after the game to reassure his followers, vowing to “come back better and stronger”.
“Unfortunately, these setbacks are part of an athlete’s life,” he said on Instagram.
“Now you have to hold your head high and move on. I’ll come back better and stronger.”
PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino told reporters during his post-match press conference when asked about the severity of Neymar’s injury: “There is nothing to say at the moment. He feels pain because sprained ankle. [Monday] he’s going to take the exams and we’ll know a little bit more about his injury. “
Depending on the severity of the injury, Neymar could now be a doubt for PSG’s next Ligue 1 game against Nantes on Wednesday.
Losing 29-year-old Neymar would be a huge loss on paper, but he has managed to leave his mark so far at the start of the season with Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi regularly stealing headlines. But this trio has started to work together in recent matches, showing a growing sense of harmony and dangerous synergies.
The Brazilian’s appearance against Saint-Etienne was his 14th game of the campaign for PSG, and he has scored three goals and three assists.