PSG clarify Neymar injury


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Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed that Neymar suffered a fractured metatarsal and a sprained ankle during Sunday’s 3-0 victory over Marseille.

The Brazil international sustained the injury after landing awkwardly following a challenge with L’OM winger Bouna Sarr and left the field on a stretcher and in tears.

PSG have now confirmed the full extent of the problem. “Examinations performed today (ultrasound and CT) confirmed an anterior external sprain of the right ankle but also the associated existence of a fissure of the fifth metatarsal,” PSG said in a statement.

No exact time-frame has been put on Neymar’s return although he is unlikely to play in the second leg of PSG’s Champions League last-16 tie with Real Madrid at the Parc des Princes on March 6.

The 26-year-old’s expected absence will be a major blow to PSG’s chances of progressing after they lost the first leg at the Bernabeu 3-1.

Les Parisiens are priced at 3.50 to turn the tie around and book their place in the quarter-finals while reigning European champions Real are available at 1.29.

Neymar is also in line to miss PSG’s Coupe de France clash with Marseille on Wednesday as well as this weekend’s Ligue 1 encounter with Troyes. However, he is expected to make a full recovery well ahead of this summer’s World Cup.

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