Paris Saint-Germain have issued an initial update on Neymar’s ankle injury that he acquired during 1-0 home defeat to Lyon in Ligue 1. The French champions have described test results as “reassuring” despite being carried off in injury-time during the match. The 28-year-old forward left the pitch in tears after a bad tackle from Lyon’s Thiago Mendes, who was sent off for the offence.
“The medical examinations carried out on Neymar Junior are reassuring following his twisted ankle in Sunday’s game against Lyon,” the Ligue 1 champions’ statement read. “Further examinations will be carried out in 48 hours’ time.” The club, howevever, did not indicate whether Neymar would be available for the matches. This will be the third time Neymar will be sidelined this year.
Neymar on his Instagram post also give an update. “It could have been worse,” he wrote. “However, once again, God saved me from something serious. Recovery and return as quickly as possible!” The Brazil international was stretchered off late on for a scissor tackle that saw compatriot Thiago Mendes dismissed via Video Assisted Refereeing (VAR) at Parc des Princes.
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The Lyon player has also taken to social media to publicly apologise to Neymar and to express his hope that there is no serious injury. The Champions League runners up have been plagued with injuries and infections during the coronavirus-hit season. They currently sit third in their domestic league this season but managed to make it to the last 16 of the Champions League, drawing against Barcelona
Earlier, the in-form Neymar scored a stunning hat-trick as PSG trailed to a 5-1 win over Istanbul Basaksehir to conclude their earlier abandoned match due to racism incident. The forward opened the scoring with a brace and was on target four minutes in the second half to complete his hat-trick, marking a new Champions League record of scoring 20 goals for two clubs in the history of the game.
Meanwhile, according to sources of various reports, the €222 million player injury layoff is likely to be a question of weeks and not months per the speculations. A more concrete verdict is expected to be release this weel. Assuming that the current assessment is the extent of the damage, the South American will likely be able to return to action sometime in early 2021.