Superstar Neymar has a harder foot injury. He is likely to miss Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16 second leg of the Champions League against Real Madrid and threatens to fail even beyond. A surgery appointment is allegedly already scheduled.
All Paris is sick with worry, because Neymar currently carries rail instead of gold jewelry. Via Instagram, the Brazilian football superstar sent a picture of his heavily bandaged foot into the world, which he usually shares with his extrovert lifestyle. A sprain in the right ankle and a hairline tear in the outer metatarsal make a longer break of the 26-year-old most likely. For his club Paris Saint-Germain the GAU in the race for the much-anticipated Champions League triumph.
Since Monday night is certain: Neymar’s use in the second knockout round of the Champions League against Real Madrid on 6 March is humanly possible as good as impossible. And PSG still has to catch up with a 1: 3 deficit from the first leg. But Paris has not resigned itself to the injury of his savior. “A New Hope” headline the French daily L’Equipe on Tuesday, citing a member of Neymar’s circle. Tenor: Everything is possible.
Brazilians report on surgery – Emery denies
The forecasts from Neymar’s native Brazil are much more subdued. According to “Globoesporte” the superstar will have to undergo an operation. During surgery, the hairline fracture should be fixed with a screw, so as not to jeopardize a mission at the World Cup in Russia (14 June to 15 July). The striker is said to be missing his club for about two months, they say.
However, PSG coach Unai Emery immediately denied the news: “Neymar has no decision for surgery and we’ll see how it develops over the next few days,” the coach said.
“Neymar shakes and all Paris trembles”
Emery had given his superstar chances for a comeback against Real. “We’ll be optimistic, if I had to say it today, I’d rather say yes,” he said Monday. This optimism is likely to give way more and more after the diagnosis. “Neymar shakes and all Paris trembles,” wrote “Le Parisien”.
What happened? In the league game on Sunday against Olympique Marseille (3-0), the 222-million-man had been carried from the field after a foul on his opponent Bouna Sarr with tears in his eyes. Neil Mar is out of action in the quarter-finals against Marseille on Wednesday. Not even on Saturday in the league against ES Troyes AC.
Does Neymar fail for several months?
In Madrid, however, one looks without malice to Paris. “I’m not happy about Neymar’s injury and I hope he can play, I will never wish an injury to an opposing player,” Real coach Zinédine Zidane said Monday. Nevertheless, his team is already in the quarter-finals with the probably inevitable failure of Neymar and the lead from the first leg with one leg.
For Neymar itself, it’s about more. A hairline fracture in the midfoot, Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is just suffering woefully on his own, can drag on for months. A participation of Neymar in the classic against the Germans on 27 March in Berlin is therefore by no means certain.