Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) will continue its Champions League season without one of its stars, Neymar Jr, after suffering another injury.
Neymar, 31, has been dealing with ankle problems since the season began. The Brazillian even sustained a sprained ankle during the FIFA World Cup in Iraq, forcing him to miss some games.
In this Ligue 1 season, Neymar netted at least 18 goals and 17 assists. However, that is the only output the Brazillian will ever make for PSG.
The PSG star suffered a severe injury while battling against Lille last February 19.
According to PSG, he is set to undergo surgery to help heal his ankle ligaments. Neymar will be out for the remainder of the season due to a 3-4 months recovery time.
“Neymar has had several episodes of instability in his right ankle in recent years. After the last sprain contracted in February, the PSG medical staff recommended ligament repair surgery to avoid a major risk of relapse. All parties involved confirmed this requirement. This surgery will be performed in the coming days at ASPETAR Hospital in Doha,” the Club said.
The Brazillian appeared disheartened following his early exit in Ligue 1. However, he promised that he would “come back stronger.”
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Meanwhile, PSG boss Christophe Galtier blamed the team’s hectic schedule for causing Neymar to be in such a state.
“This is not bad luck,” stated Galtier after winning against Lille. “There are always reasons for injuries – the schedule, the sequence of games. It is never random. He (Neymar) is being examined to know the severity of his sprain.”
He added, “Of course, it complicates things, and that’s the way it is. We have to keep our heads down. We’re going to do it again, but with a victory. That is more pleasant.”
Is this Neymar’s Last Season with PSG?
Because of a recent feud with phenom Kylian Mbappe, this will likely be Neymar’s last season with PSG, not to mention his early exit. Apparently, the two are not on good terms, which was evident during their penalty kicks against Montpellier last February 1.
Neymar has been involved in numerous clashes with his clubmates. The Brazillian also showed his disdain for midfielder Vitinha and striker Hugo Ekitike. Vitinha was scolded because of his inaccurate passes to Neymar, while Ekitike with his “poor decision-making.”
Last February 13, Foot Mercato claimed that Neymar and his teammate Lionel Messi would like to leave PSG. Messi will be a free agent in a few months, while the Brazillian’s contract will expire by 2025.
The possible departure of Messi and Neymar would really put PSG at a disadvantage and also upset OKBET fans. In case it happens, the team will have fewer pieces to support Mbappe, and they will again be eluded a Champions League title.
Regarding his return, the Brazillian recently underwent ankle surgery. However, his doctors are still uncertain if Neymar can still play for PSG this Ligue 1 season.