News ID: 210742
Published: 0241 GMT February 27, 2018

Neymar ruled out of Real clash after injury confirmed

Neymar ruled out of Real clash after injury confirmed
PSG’s Neymar (bellow) is being consoled by team captain Thiago Silva after suffering a late injury in the 3-0 beating of Marseille at Parc des Princes in the French capital, Paris, on February 25, 2018.
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Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar faces a month on the sidelines with a foot and ankle injury, all but ruling him out of his side's Champions League test against Real Madrid.

The Brazilian was a late casualty in Sunday's Ligue 1 clash with Marseille, in which the French leader ran out 3-0 winner, goal.com reported.

While preliminary tests ruled out a fracture or serious sprain in the joint on Sunday evening, subsequent examinations revealed he has fractured a metatarsal bone in his foot.

"Complementary examinations performed today (ultrasound and CT) confirmed an external sprain of the right ankle but also the associated existence of a fracture in the fifth metatarsal," a statement released by PSG on Monday confirmed.

PSG did not provide a timeline for Neymar's return, but the injury typically requires a minimum of one month on the sidelines — essentially confirming he will not be able to take part in PSG's bid for Champions League revenge against the Blancos.

Unai Emery's men trail 3-1 from the first leg of their last 16 clash, despite taking the lead at the Santiago Bernabeu through Adrien Rabiot's early goal.

And the news that the Brazilian talisman is missing comes as a massive blow as PSG seeks to make the quarterfinals in a game scheduled for March 6 at Parc des Princes.

Neymar posted an injury update to his Instagram story early on Monday, displaying his heavily strapped ankle to his 90 million followers.

In addition to Neymar's injury, PSG confirmed center-back Marquinhos suffered a thigh injury against Marseille.

   
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