The Paris Saint-Germain already prepares to face the reborn Manchester United in eighth of the Champions (going to Old Trafford on February 12 and returning on March 6) without Neymar, his star. The club of the French capital, chaired by the Qatari Sheikh Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, assumes that the 26-year-old Brazilian striker will miss the tie against the team coached by Solskjaer after the dismissal of Mourinho. This is admitted by French club sources, who redouble the alarm by claiming that the 10 could be off until the end of the season if he decides to have surgery on his right foot.
Neymar suffers a severe relapse of a previous injury bone called pseudoarthrosis, according to a club employee. "It is the lack of consolidation of a bone after a previous break. This pathology can manifest itself until two years after the first bone accident and reappear at unexpected moments, as in the case of Neymar, "details a physiotherapist from a club in the French League.
The former Barça player (2013-2017) retired from the French Cup match against Strasbourg (2-0), on Wednesday, with a strong pain in the base of the right foot, after an entry by Moataz Zemzemi. Medical tests at the Neuilly-sur-Seine hospital revealed that Neymar suffered a new injury to the fifth metatarsal. It is the bone that broke in another match of the Cup of France, against Marseille (3-0), on February 25 last year. That break deprived him of playing the second leg match against Real Madrid (PSG defeat, eliminated, 1-2, on March 6). But above all, he forced Doctor Rodrigo Lasmar, the doctor of the Brazilian national team, to operate him as quickly as possible, on March 3 in Brazil, to anticipate his return to the pitch for the World Cup in Russia. June (Brazil finished eliminated in quarters).
It is this speed in the protocol of recovery and treatment of Neymar's first bone lesion that could now explain his relapse in the same area of the foot, in the same way that unleashes all the doubts in the PSG about the treatment so that his maximum star recovers as soon as possible. "All therapeutic options will be considered," PSG said in a statement explaining that the striker suffered a "painful reactivation of the fifth right metatarsal injury."
Operate or not
The first diagnoses suggest that Neymar will be off at least until the end of March. The Champions League quarterfinals would also be lost in case PSG eliminates Manchester United. But if the Brazilian striker chooses the option of spending again in the operating room, his fall could extend about four months, saying goodbye practically of his second season with the colors of the Parisian club, which he bought for 222 million euros to Barca in the summer of 2017 and he pays about 30 million net per year. The PSG, meanwhile, announced yesterday the signing of Leandro Paredes, half Argentine of Zenit St. Petersburg, for 47 million.
The loss of Neymar overshadows the face of his coach, the German Thomas Tuchel. "It will be very difficult for him to play against United. Now we have to wait a week to see how he reacts to treatment, "he said on Saturday after the league game against Rennes. "Neymar is sad. Like last year, he started the season very well, but he is injured at the worst moment. We are trying to cheer him up, "added Thiago Silva, the captain.
Within the PSG, the desolation is total. And Dr. Lasmar is pointed out. This Monday, the doctor of the seleçao He went to Paris to examine Neymar. He planned to meet with his PSG counterpart, Dr. Eric Rolland, with Hakim Chalabi, the assistant director of the Qatari clinic Aspetar, and several orthopedic specialists. The decision on a possible operation – the option that privileges PSG, unlike Brazil – is on the table. Tite, the coach of Canarinha, is also in Paris. The next Copa América will be held in Brazil, from June 14 to July 7. "I prefer to lose my job than to bear the responsibility of summoning injured Neymar and playing with the health of a soccer player," Tite said.
More pressure for Neymar, more glances on his famous fifth metatarsal.