PARIS (Reuters) – Paris St Germain’s Champions League chances have suffered a major setback with their talismanic forward Neymar ruled out for 10 weeks with a foot injury on Wednesday.
The Brazilian, who has a fractured metatarsal, will miss the Ligue 1 side’s last 16 tie against Manchester United, although he could be fit for a potential quarter-final in April. The first leg against United is scheduled for Old Trafford on Feb. 12 with the return in Paris on March 6.
PSG said in a statement that the 26-year-old Neymar, who left the field in tears after suffering the injury in a French Cup game against Strasbourg on Jan. 23, will not have surgery after the club consulted “world renowned experts” on Tuesday.
“The international striker agreed with this protocol,” the statement from the French champions read.Last year, Neymar was out for 11 weeks after suffering a metatarsal injury on the same right foot, missing PSG’s Champions League last-16 exit to Real Madrid.