Neymar doubtful for Manchester United Champions League tie after sustaining ankle injury

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26 January, 2019

It's now unclear how long Neymar will be out of action for after he left the Parc des Princes in tears during the second half of Paris Saint-Germain's 2-0 win over Strasbourg in the Coupe de France. But he covered his eyes - in tears, according to witnesses - as he was forced off to be replaced by Moussa Diaby just after the hour mark.

Neymar's eventful evening continued when he suffered his apparent injury when trying to fend off Zemzemi, who attempted to tackle the Brazilian three times before the referee's whistle went.

Here is how the injury happened in slow motion, with Neymar clearly suffering a nasty twist of his already problematic right foot.

The return leg is March 6.

The club's official statement on their website reads: "Initial examinations have revealed a painful recurrence of his injury to the fifth metatarsal of his right foot".

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Manchester United welcome PSG to Old Trafford for the first leg of their last-16 tie on February 12 so Neymar is facing a race against time to prove his fitness before that match.

Strasbourg midfielder Moataz Zemzemi was left on his backside after an audacious Neymar rainbow flick caught him off balance on Wednesday. Medical staff will continue to perform exams over the next 10 days to determine which procedure or treatment is best suited going forward. We have high-quality players, we can aim high.

"It's Neymar's style, but don't come and complain when you get kicked", said Strasbourg's Anthony Goncalves after the game. "He can enjoy himself but don't come blubbering afterwards".

"When we are competitors, even if we play PSG, we always want to win, we are disappointed, but I want to remember the state of mind", he told Eurosport.

The Cameroon worldwide set up Cavani for the fourth-minute opener, before Di Maria - who had earlier hit the post - finished into the roof of the net 10 minutes from time as PSG stay on track to win the French Cup for the fifth season running.


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