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PSG sweat over Neymar injury ahead of return leg against Real Madrid

02 March 2018

The French coach downplayed the overall importance of Neymar's possible absence in the upcoming Champions League match, in which PSG will try to rally back after their 3-1 defeat in the first leg.

He posted a picture on Instagram on Monday morning showing his right ankle strapped and with a protective splint, with the caption "08:10 Finished for today".

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Neymar was forced to leave the field on a stretcher after apparently twisting his ankle on Sunday during PSG's 3-0 league win over Marseille, which cast doubt on whether the Brazilian star would take the field against Real Madrid on March 6, reports Efe.

The club said that the scan had revealed a "fissure of the fifth metatarsal" - a bone on the outside of the foot - and a "sprain of the right ankle". "I will never want a rival player to be out injured", Zidane said at a press conference in the Spanish capital.

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'We're optimistic. For his participation in the match against Real, if I had to say yes or no, I would say yes'.

PSG are 3-1 down to Real Madrid following the first leg and face a struggle to qualify for the next round, the quarter-finals set to be played on April 3 and the semis on April 24.

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Despite the injury potentially benefiting Madrid, the Spanish side's coach Zinedine Zidane claimed he hoped Neymar would recover in time to play.

"I don't like players getting injured so I am not glad to see Neymar's injury", Zidane said.

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PSG are 14 points clear of Monaco at the top of Ligue 1 after Sunday's game, but the Champions League is crucial to the French club, who lost to Neymar's Barcelona at the same stage last season. "We never rejoice when a rival is absent due to injury".

PSG sweat over Neymar injury ahead of return leg against Real Madrid