Neymar: Paris Saint-Germain release official statement on Brazil superstar fitness concerns


The Ligue 1 champions are chasing a replacement for Neymar, after it was confirmed on Wednesday that the forward would be out for three months with a metatarsal injury and will miss both legs of their Champions League last-16 meeting with Manchester United.

Neymar will not have to undergo surgery on a metatarsal injury in his foot, instead opting for more conservative treatment, which will rule him out for 10 weeks.

"Informed of this recommendation, Paris St Germain's Brazilian global striker agreed with this protocol".

They also said that Neymar "agreed" with the decision and "is expected to return to the field within 10 weeks".

Neymar, 26, left the field in tears after suffering the injury to the same fifth metatarsal, although in a different spot, on which he had surgery previous year, in PSG's 2-0 French Cup victory last week over Strasbourg.

"Paris St 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".

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If PSG progress, the quarterfinals are scheduled for April 9 and 16.

While Ozil's disharmony with Emery continues to prevent the German from helping Arsenal's push for the top four, United fans won't be too unhappy about PSG's apparent nervousness regarding Neymar's absence for the upcoming Champions League tie.

It is Neymar's third injury in the last 12 months.

It is the second injury in as many years to Neymar's fifth metatarsal in his right foot, and it has occurred at nearly exactly the same point in consecutive seasons.

PSG need a player like Ozil to replace injured Neymar as they continue to look for glory at Champions League level.But they have to also see the Fair play rules of Federation Internationale de Football Association and Ozil wages might become a hinderance in this deal.

Arsenal fans have seen the best and worst of Ozil in his time at the English club.