Champions League: Neymar unavailable with Paris Saint-Germain to face Barcelona
Neymar, who is recovering from an adductor injury, is not available with Paris Saint-Germain for the Champions League round of 16 second leg against Barcelona on Wednesday (9 p.m.), the club announced on Tuesday (March 9).
Neymar “will continue its work of individual recovery. A new point will be made in the coming days”, explained the PSG in its medical bulletin. Brazilian striker “resumed partial training with the squad last week”, said PSG, but is not yet ready for such a match. The Parisian N.10 was injured on February 10 during the victory in Caen (L2) in the Coupe de France (1-0). He suffered from an injury to the left adductor longus. This new injury had already deprived him of the first leg against his former club, won 4-1 by PSG.
Repeated absences during crucial matches
Since his recruitment in the summer of 2017 at a gold price (222 million euros), “Ney” has often missed crucial matches in the Champions League. In 2018, he missed the round of 16 second leg against Real Madrid (winner 2-1 at the Parc des Princes, and 3-1 in the first leg) due to a sprained right ankle, coupled with a crack in the 5th metatarsal of a foot. The following year, it was the two confrontations against Manchester United (2-0 / 1-3), still in the 8th, that he missed, due to an injury to his right foot. Each time, PSG has been eliminated.
But in 2020, his excellent form allows PSG to reach the C1 final for the first time in its history, lost to Bayern Munich in August (1-0). This epic made Neymar feel good in Paris, where he expressed the wish to extend his contract expiring in 2022. Italian striker Moise Kean, affected by Covid-19, is in isolation and will also be absent , just like the Spanish side Juan Bernat, who treats his knee.