A foot injury forced Neymar to miss Paris Saint-Germain’s 0-0 draw against Montpellier on Saturday.
The Brazilian was certainly missed. PSG managed just one shot on target, their lowest tally in a Ligue 1 game since August 2016, and allowed AS Monaco to close the gap at the top of the table to just one point.
With PSG taking on Bayern Munich in the Champions League in midweek, Unai Emery didn’t want to risk Neymar.
And he was left to rue on a match in which Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappe and Julian Draxler were unable to find the scoresheet.
"The merit belongs to our opponents, who defended well, closing the spaces with great efficiency," the PSG boss said, per Goal.
"We played the game as we wanted, with a significant amount of possession, but we need to push more to score goals. We had opportunities, but that's not enough to win games.
"The main goal is to win and today it is true that one point is not enough. This game leaves us a lot to analyse to continue our progress."
What Neymar was up to during Barça's win over Girona
As Neymar recovers from his injury, he shared an image of himself chilling with his son.
But Barcelona fans immediately noticed that, in the background, he was watching Barcelona’s match against Girona.
Barcelona fans loved it
Clearly, the Blaugrana remain close to his heart. Here’s how Barcelona fans reacted on Twitter.
Neymar has made a fast start to life at PSG
It’s nearly two months since Neymar completed his stunning £198 million move from Barcelona to PSG, becoming the world’s most expensive player in the process.
He’s made a terrific start to life in France, scoring five times and providing the same number of assists already this season.
But we saw what can happen when too many stars are thrown into the same team when Neymar clashed with Cavani in last week’s win over Lyon.
The pair have been in the news all week after their very public argument over who should take a penalty.
It led to reports that Neymar has demanded PSG sell the Uruguayan, which is stunning if true.
Providing the £198m man returns on Wednesday, it’ll be interesting to watch his interaction with Cavani as PSG welcome Bayern to the Parc des Princes.
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