Injured Neymar a serious doubt for Real Madrid clash

"Examinations performed today (ultrasound and CT) confirmed an anterior external sprain of the right ankle but also the associated existence of a fissure of the fifth metatarsal", PSG said.

The former Barcelona forward Neymar suffered a fractured foot against Marseille in Le Classique on Sunday.

"There is a small chance Neymar will be able to play against Real Madrid - we have to be patient".

Emery added he did not feel he made a mistake by letting Neymar play against Marseille despite the crucial Champions League match looming. "The injury to Neymar was the only negative".

He is set to miss the Champions League last 16 second-leg tie at home to Real Madrid on March 6 with PSG trailing 3-1. "I do not think that one player would affect next week's match, because there will always be a substitute if Neymar can't play, and he (the substitute) will be motivated and ready to play the game", Zidane said.

In addition to Neymar's injury, PSG confirmed centre-back Marquinhos was also injured against Marseille, the defender sustaining a thigh injury.


"The reports Neymar will undergo surgery are totally false", Emery told a press conference, as cited by El Mundo Deportivo.

"To make such an important decision you need tranquility and a bit of patience".

But Diario Gol say Neymar is jealous of how much attention the France star receives in Paris.

Neymar, a subject of interest from Real Madrid CEO, Florentino Perez, mesmerized the Santiago Bernabeu crowd in the first leg despite the loss and has scored 29 goals in 30 games since his summer move to PSG. "We're going to do some extra medical tests". The proof is that here today we talked more about Ligue 1 than about other leagues.

Unai Emery's side trail 3-1 from the last-16 first leg in Spain and may have to try and overturn the deficit without their most expensive asset.

  • Steve Townsend