Neymar to miss six weeks at PSG with ankle injury that made him scream in pain
Neymar will not play again for Paris Saint-Germain in 2021 with GOAL can confirm that the Brazilian striker was sidelined for up to six weeks with an ankle injury.
The 29-year-old was forced off the pitch on a stretcher after clumsily landing during the Ligue 1 clash with Saint-Etienne.
Reports in France quickly suggested that the South American superstar would be missing until early January.
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What happened to Neymar?
PSG had time to recover from a goal on the field of Saint-Etienne to lead 2-1 before entering the final stage.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side would claim a third goal in stoppage time, but that effort by Marquinhos was credited after Neymar was forced off the pitch.
With just two minutes to go, the 2021 Ballon d’Or contender manages to escape the attention of the ticker.
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When jumping over a tackle, Neymar put his foot on Yvann Macon’s outstretched foot. When the ankle was flipped, the Brazilian player screamed in pain and immediately signaled for medical help.
He was later seen leaving the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on crutches, raising fears he could be sidelined for a long time.
What do people say about Neymar’s injury?
Pochettino told reporters afterwards: “Of course we are worried, but we hope that it is nothing too serious and that he can return to help the team as soon as possible.”
Neymar also posted on social networks: “Unfortunately, these setbacks are part of an athlete’s life. Now you have to hold your head high and move on. I will come back better and stronger. “.
How many games will Neymar miss?
Neymar will undergo further medical on Monday, but is believed to have suffered a serious sprain in his left ankle.
PSG will be preparing for a warm-weather training tour in Qatar on January 16, and it is possible that Neymar will return to action shortly before that trip.
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If absent for the next six weeks, he will be forced to sit out domestic meetings with Nice, Lens, Monaco and Lorient ahead of the Ligue 1 winter break, along with a Champions League final group stage clash with Club Brugge .
PSG will face Lyon on January 9, but that game could come too soon for Neymar and possibly in the home game against Brest next weekend, where he will return to action.