Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar is set to miss his side’s Champions League showdown with Manchester United in their first leg of the knock-out stage.
The 26-year-old has picked up an injury on Wednesday last week after a forceful tackle from Moataz Zemzemi as PSG beat Racing Strasbourg 2-0 at Parc des Princes.
Thomas Tuchel says it will be “super difficult” for Neymar to be fit for PSG’s Champions League tie against Manchester United next month.
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The Brazil international, who had a metatarsal problem in his right foot, is said to face another extended spell on the sidelines.
And PSG manager Thomas Tuchel admitted he is now worried about the forward’s knock.
“It’s horrible that’s certain, after Marco Verratti, now Ney,” he said.
“They are key players, players with great quality, quality extraordinary, they are missed greatly but at the same time, it is our challenge to find a solution.”
“That’s the job of the whole team because we don’t have players that can play like Marco or Ney, that would replace them both perfectly, but we are a strong team and we stay together and we will show it.”
Meanwhile, the club has issued a statement on Thursday morning confirming that the former Barcelona star had suffered another setback.
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The statement read: “Initial examinations have revealed a painful recurrence of his injury to the fifth metatarsal of his right foot.”
“The treatment of this injury will depend on how it evolves over the next few days. All options can be envisaged at this time.”
The Parisians will travel to Old Trafford on 12 February just three days after their Ligue 1 home clash with Bordeaux.