Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar Jr has injured his metatarsal bone again in the French Cup match against Racing Strasbourg.
Now the exceptional striker threatens a long break from football. Whether Neymar can play in the first knockout round of the Champions League on February 12 against Manchester United is still unclear.
Paris trembles around the 222-million-star – but the opponent from Strasbourg is not aware of any guilt. On the contrary, Anthony Goncalves (32) defended the repeated hard boarding against Neymar. The midfielder after the tough match said,
“We are not there to have fun. We are not his puppets. We answer with our weapons.” Goncalves continued, “If someone plays like that, he has to expect to get something done. We are not here to joke. So Neymar should not come and cry.”
A scene from the 56th Minute
What a goal this would have been 😱 Apparently this is how #Neymar picked up his injury – we are waiting to see how severe it will be.
Do you think Neymar shows off too much? Or do you enjoy it? pic.twitter.com/7k9NLhf6z8
— The House of Football (@Football_Casa) January 24, 2019
Neymar goes in the midfield in a dribble against Strasbourg Moataz Zemzemi. The 19-year-old Tunisian has less of a target for the ball than Neymar’s bones, in total, he kicks the Brazilian three times – on the third kick Neymar goes down. The superstar is then pissed off, goes to Zemzemi. A little later PSG leads the free-kick short, Neymar lifts the ball with an Okocha trick over Zemzemi, makes Strasbourg ridiculous. Zemzemi stumbles goes to the ground…
Strasbourg coach Thierry Laurey (54) defended his boys, and told,
“This is not ballet. He is a genius, but he has to expect something when he crosses borders. I did not ask my players to kick him. But I can understand that at some point they will have enough of one who mocks them. He has the right to provoke. But he also has to expect to be caught.”
A statement for which Paris coach Thomas Tuchel (54) had no understanding,
“So it’s Neymar’s mistake. Okay, that’s his opinion.”
Neymar off the field with a foot injury …
he was in tears …. !
I m tensed now …. the project , the dreams , the hardwork , the fans support might end in an unfashionable way !
— M_Vampire (@its_me_lokey) January 23, 2019
Neymar left the place with tears in his eyes after an hour. Previously, he had been fouled more often. The medical department diagnosed “a recurrence of painful injury to the fifth metatarsal bone”. The treatment depends on the course of the next few days. Last year, Neymar had suffered in the knockout round of the UEFA Champions League against the eventual winner Real Madrid, a hairline fracture in the right foot. The midfielder had to undergo surgery and then dropped out for the remainder of the season. Even the participation in the World Cup in Russia was long questionable.
With Neymar possibly out for long, worries for Tuchel intensifies. The Italian Marco Verratti (26) also threatens to be out of the contest against Manchester United because of an ankle injury. This would be in defensive midfield acute distress, as Adrien Rabiot (23) at the request of the club bosses should no longer play for Paris. The midfielder refused to extend his contract and instead wants to leave the club in the summer.