February 27, 2021

Neymar will miss at least the first leg against Barça due to his muscle injury

Neymar, at the time of his injury.

Neymar, at the time of his injury.

The Brazilian attacker Neymar (PSG) will be unavailable for about four weeks due to a muscle injury and will not be able to play the Champions League round of 16 first leg against FC BarcelonaHis team announced Thursday.

Neymar suffered the injury because of a hard tackle he received on Wednesday night, during a game of the French Cup against Caen.

The medical tests he underwent today show an injury to the left abductor magnus “and an unavailability of about four weeks is expected, depending on the evolution”said a brief statement from Paris Saint-Germain.

History repeats itself and when the season approaches the decisive moments, Paris Saint-Germain seems condemned to live pending Neymar, since although will not play next Tuesday against Barça, Maybe it could make it to the return leg in Paris on March 10.

As in his first two seasons in Paris, the most expensive player of all time returns to focus the gaze of a club that has the hopes of growing in Europe.

The player was injured in a French Cup match, a banal duel, the kind where players have to roll up their sleeves to achieve wins that are taken for granted.

With a damaged adductor, he left the field of Caen, a second division team, with his face contorted and the reflection in his eyes of fear of a new absence when the season calls for excellence.

With the departure of Argentine Ángel di María already confirmed, without Neymar, PSG loses its two best men throughout 2021 and it would be in the hands of a Kylian Mbappé, less bright at this point in the season and especially more transparent in karat duels.

For this reason, the Brazilian’s health becomes even more important in a season in which PSG seemed to have treasured the winning mentality necessary to give the definitive jump in Europe.

Finalist in the last Champions League, the club had a Neymar more involved than ever to lead the boat back to the decisive stages of top European competition.

With the arrival of the Argentine Mauricio Pochettino to the technical direction, the team has gained in confidence and the block seems conjured to face the greats, a mentality that must now pass a test that in the past limited them: live pending Neymar.

In his first season in Paris, in 2018, the player was injured before the second leg against him Real Madrid, also in the round of 16.

In front of Zidane’s team, PSG seemed to give up without a fight, as if the lowering of their star had condemned them beforehand.

The fifth metatarsal in his foot suffered the following year when the club he needed his genius again against Manchester United, which again dropped the French club in the second round.

After threatening with an exit from PSG, which only Barcelona’s financial weakness prevented, and after a pronounced divorce with the stands, Neymar focused on his club.

The injuries that looked like a curse They did not appear last season, when Neymar was with the team in the decisive stretch, concentrated in Lisbon because of the pandemic and that ended up breaking a ceiling for PSG.

The player lives a golden age, a true locomotive of the team, flattered by the fans and designated as a leader by his teammates. Against Caen, for the first time, even the captain’s armband.

Neymar is going through a sweet moment, to the point that the renewal of your contract beyond 2022, that was announced impossible a year and a half ago, now seems closer than ever.

The footballer already missed last weekend’s match against the Olympique de Marseille due to gastroenteritis, a day after having celebrated his 29 years.


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