Neymar to miss both legs of PSG's Champions League tie with Manchester United
Brazilian superstar Neymar has been ruled out of both legs of Paris St Germain's Champions League last-16 tie against Manchester United with a metatarsal injury.
The 26-year-old sustained the injury in PSG's Coupe de France win over RC Strasbourg last week and, after consulting with medical experts, the French side have announced the winger will be out for ten weeks.
The club and Neymar agreed that they should take a conservative approach to rehabilitation for the injury, rather than rushing him back, meaning he is set for a significant spell on the sidelines.
That means he will take no part in either leg of their European matches against the Red Devils in Manchester on February 12 or the return fixture at the Parc des Princes on March 6.
This is not the first time the world's most expensive player has dealt with this issue having missed time last season with the same ailment.
His loss is a huge blow to the Parisians having scored 20 goals in his 23 appearances for them this season, which already sees them 13 points clear at the top of Ligue 1 with two games in hand.
The Samba star was expected to play a big role in the knockout tie against United, but that role will likely now fall to either former United man Angel di Maria or potentially to German maestro Julian Draxler.
Belfast Telegraph Digital