Neymar foot injury: What games will the PSG star miss & how long will he be out for?

The Brazilian has broken his metatarsal and will be forced to watch his club side’s European clashes with Manchester United from the sidelines

For the second season in a row, Paris Saint-Germain talisman Neymar has picked up an injury at the worst possible time for the French champions.

With the Ligue 1 title all but wrapped up, PSG have all their attention on a crucial Champions League last 16 clash against Manchester United, but they will be without the world’s most expensive player when they take on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

The Brazilian, who signed from Barcelona in the summer of 2017 for a world-record €222 million fee, is likely to miss 10 weeks of action with his return expected in early April. But how severe is Neymar’s injury and what games will he miss?

On Wednesday, January 30 it was confirmed that Neymar will be sidelined for an estimated two and a half months, which is PSG’s worst nightmare as they have Champions League games against a rejuvenated Manchester United coming up on February 12 and March 6.

His club released a statement about the injury saying: “After detailed analysis by the specialists, a consensus was reached of a conservative treatment of Neymar’s injury to the fifth right metatarsal. As a result, Neymar is expected to return to the field within 10 weeks.

“Paris Saint-Germain sends its strongest support and encouragement to Neymar to overcome this injury, with the courage and determination that the player has always shown.”

The injury is unlikely to affect Neymar’s style of play on his return to action as it is a broken bone rather than a muscle or tendon related problem, however it is the second time in 12 months Neymar has been out with a broken metatarsal which raises the question of this becoming a recurring problem.

Barring an absolute disaster, PSG should still be able to wrap up the Ligue 1 title without the help of Neymar. They currently have a 13-point lead at the top of the table with two games in hand on their closest challengers Lille.

Games Neymar will miss for PSG

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Date Game Competition
Feb 3 Lyon vs PSG Ligue 1
Feb 6 Villefranche vs PSG Coupe de France
Feb 9 PSG vs Bordeaux Ligue 1
Feb 12 Man Utd vs PSG Champions League
Feb 17 Saint-Etienne vs PSG Ligue 1
Feb 20 PSG vs Montpellier Ligue 1
Feb 13 PSG vs Nimes Ligue 1
Mar 2 Caen vs PSG Premier League
Mar 6 PSG vs Man Utd Champions League
Mar 9 Nantes vs PSG Ligue 1
Mar 13 Dijon vs PSG Ligue 1
Mar 17 Marseille vs PSG Ligue 1
Mar 31 Toulouse vs PSG Ligue 1
Apr 6 PSG vs Strasbourg Ligue 1

The 26-year-old broke his metatarsal last February which saw him miss 15 games for PSG including their Champions League defeat to Real Madrid.

The most famous instance of Neymar being sidelined was in the 2014 World Cup where he suffered a fractured vertabra in the quarter-final against Colombia whilst representing Brazil.

The Brazilian has consistently missed games due to an adductor problem throughout his career, although this problem has never kept him out for an extended period.

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