There is a major worry for the Brazil team. Neymar is injured and It doesn’t seem to be a case of whether he will miss PSG’s second leg clash with Real Madrid – it’s now whether he will return at all this season.
Neymar was injured during Sunday’s win over Marseille, it was discovered that the Brazilian sprained his knee and has a crack in a metatarsal which seems to always be an issue during World Cup years for big players. And on Tuesday, Brazilian sports outlet “Globo” reported that the player will need surgery and will return to the pitch in May, the month prior to the World Cup in Russia starting.
As said, this is no longer just an issue for PSG but for the Brazilian national team, as concerns over whether or not he will be ready to play in the World Cup in June grow.
Buf if you ask PSG, they seem to be positive that he’ll be able to play against Real Madrid next week. Coach Unai Emery spoke to the media on Tuesday ahead of their French Cup clash against Marseille.
“You have to be patient. There is a small option for him to be ready for the match against Madrid. Neymar is a very important player for us, but others are able to perform well. I have confidence in the entire workforce,” Emery said.
Another big game on the horizon, another injury for Neymar. 😥
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That sounds to us as if a decision to undergo surgery isn’t definite. If Neymar is indeed out for most of the PSG season, it’s hard to see the team having enough to win the Champions League. With Real Madrid finally finding form this season this second leg fixture will be even harder than expected and then there is the possibility of facing a Barcelona or a Bayern Munich who have been consistently exquisite this season in all competitions.
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However, Neymar’s father, Neymar Sr, believes it is best for his son to have surgery on his foot.
“We have to wait for the club’s decision. PSG is waiting for the right moment,” Neymar Sr told ESPN Brazil.
“The team doctor (Rodrigo Lasmar from Brazil’s national set-up) will arrive and they will make that decision together.
“(Wednesday) they will meet and decide. We did not want to be in this situation, but we should try to recover Neymar as best we can. PSG already know they will not have Neymar for six to eight weeks, regardless of whether there is surgery or not.
“It is vital to make it quickly because we cannot wait. Surgery is the quickest way to accelerate the player’s recovery.”
The 26-year-old has made 30 appearances for the Ligue 1 giants this season, scoring 29 and assisting a further 18 strikes.
Do you think Neymar will be fit for Brazil?