Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed star forward Neymar faces around 10 weeks on the sidelines with a metatarsal injury.
The injury is unlikely to impact on the Parisian side’s bid for domestic honours as they hold a 13-point lead over nearest challengers Lille and have two games in hand.
However, the Brazil international is set to miss both legs of PSG’s Champions League last-16 tie with Manchester United.
PSG host United to Paris in the first leg on February 12 and the return leg takes place at Old Trafford on March 6, with both games coming too soon for Neymar.
“Neymar Jr. is expected to return to the field within 10 weeks,” a club statement said. “Paris Saint-Germain sends its strongest support and encouragement to Neymar Jr. to overcome this injury, with the courage and determination that the player has always shown.”
Neymar is the third highest scorer in the Champions League this season with five goals, behind Barcelona star Lionel Messi with six and Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski who has eight.
PSG are 2.60 to win the first leg in Manchester, United can be backed at 2.60 and a draw us 3.60. The French giants are 8.50 to win the Champions League outright, Barcelona are 5.25 and Bayern are available at 15.00.
PSG will look to the likes of Edinson Cavani and France international Kylian Mbappe to provide the goals in the absence of Neymar.
Mbappe has three Champions League goals so far this season and Cavani has weighed in with two.