PSG's Neymar not having surgery, could face Real: Emery

The forward will hope to aid PSG salvage a Champions League revival in a fortnight's time

The forward will hope to aid PSG salvage a Champions League revival in a fortnight's time

Neymar is doubtful for Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League game against Real Madrid next week after tests showed he has a cracked fifth metatarsal in his right foot along with a sprained ankle.

Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed that Brazil forward Neymar has suffered a fractured metatarsal and a sprained ankle.

Neymar joined the French side last summer for a world-record fee worth £198million as the club aimed to make a statement in Europe.

PSG will host Real Madrid on March 6 in the second leg of Champions League and will look to overturn the 3-1 deficit from the first leg.

Liverpool star Gerrard suffered an identical injury to his left foot in his side's Premier League defeat at Manchester United in September 2004 and although expected to be out for up to eight weeks, his return to fitness took longer.

"Neymar is the first who wants to play every game, for Real Madrid, he is very focused".

The two-time World Cup victor insists, however, Neymar has moved to PSG to win the Champions League.


The injury didn't affect PSG in that game as they came out 3-0 winners but it will affect the second leg of their Champions League tie.

"We'll see how things evolve in the coming days before making a decision with him", he said.

Former England stars David Beckham and Wayne Rooney spent six weeks on the sidelines with metatarsal injuries in the past, with both still arguably being rushed back too soon for the 2002 and 2006 World Cups respectively.

The Frenchman, quoted by L'Equipe, said: "I don't like it when a player hurts himself, I am not happy about the injury to Neymar".

Globo Esporte were first to report on Tuesday morning that the Brazilian global would miss two months of football, threatening his participation in PSG's Ligue 1 and Champions League campaigns, plus his country's preparations for the World Cup in Russian Federation this summer.

PSG's hopes for a European crown may have to be put on hold, however.

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