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PSG sweat over Neymar injury ahead of return leg against Real Madrid

02 March 2018

Neymar was forced to leave the field on a stretcher after apparently twisting his ankle on Sunday during PSG's 3-0 league win over Marseille, which cast doubt on whether the Brazilian star would take the field against Real Madrid on March 6, reports Efe.

"I watched the game live and I hope Neymar's injury is nothing risky", he added.

It's a huge blow to the world's most expensive player, whose dream of winning the Ballon d'Or by moving to PSG is only likely to be realised by winning the Champions League.

PSG are 3-1 down to Real Madrid following the first leg and face a struggle to qualify for the next round, the quarter-finals set to be played on April 3 and the semis on April 24. Despite that, manager Zidane refused to revel in Neymar's woe.

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"I hope he can play that game because players need to play these matches".

"I don't like to see players get injured and I hope he can be back for the game, I never want a player to miss a game due to injury", Zidane told a news conference ahead of his side's La Liga game against Espanyol on Tuesday.

PSG are 14 points clear of Monaco at the top of Ligue 1 after Sunday's game, but the Champions League is crucial to the French club, who lost to Neymar's Barcelona at the same stage last season.

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".

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Le Parisien newspaper reported that the 26-year-old underwent tests at a hospital just outside Paris in the early hours of Monday that ruled out a "fracture or a serious sprain".

'We're optimistic. For his participation in the match against Real, if I had to say yes or no, I would say yes'.

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PSG sweat over Neymar injury ahead of return leg against Real Madrid