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PSG ace is not yet fit for Manchester United clash, says coach.

“It is very difficult” for the PSG Brazil forward to participate against Red Devils.

The 26-year-old lasted just over an hour in the Coupe de France clash against Strasbourg and could miss next month’s Champions League tie against Manchester United.

The Brazil forward suffered a fractured metatarsal against Strasbourg in the French Cup last week with the club confirming it was a recurrence of the injury that threatened his World Cup participation last year. After getting the ball down the left flank, Neymar held up his hand to signal boss Thomas Tuchel off his injury, before walking off down the tunnel. PSG boss Thomas Tuchel confirmed the Brazilian star was in hospital and the injury could be serious.

“It will be very difficult. It is too early to talk about a possible return date” the German coach told Canal Plus after Paris-saint-germain 4-1 Ligue 1 win over Stade Rennais on Sunday.

“To start with, we must wait at least one week this period and his reaction to the treatment will be important. Only then can we be more precise. That said, it is not a secret it will be very difficult.”

PSG later confirmed Neymar had re-injured the same bone in his foot that he did last year, but didn’t say it was broken. Tuchel will now be sweating over his fitness of his star man with the clash against the Red Devils on the horizon.

Neymar has been in stunning form this season for the Ligue 1 leaders having scored 20 goals and made ten assists. PSG visit Old Trafford for the first leg of their last-16 clash on Feb 12 before hosting the return leg on March 6.

Author’s Take:

Neymar was in tears on Wednesday night as he left the pitch with a metatarsal injury. He re-injured the same bone in his foot that he did last year. It will be very difficult for Neymar to regain full fitness for their Championship League clash against Manchester United next month.

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