It’s currently 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.
The Brazilian forward rolled his ankle in the 60th minute, was unable to continue, and had to be replaced by Moussa Diaby.
Neymar’s tears indicated he felt this was a serious injury. PSG will be desperately hoping for positive news and will be praying their star man will be fit for their Champions League last-16 first leg tie against Manchester United on February 12.
"Ney is worried, because it is the same foot, the same place," PSG boss Thomas Tuchel was quoted as saying by BBC Sport after the match.
Neymar, who has scored 20 goals in all competitions for his club side so far this season, injured the same ankle in February 2018 and missed the rest of that campaign.
"It was a situation where he was fouled three times, one after the other. The referee didn't give anything. He twisted his foot," Tuchel added.
"He is at the hospital and I must wait for the doctor to give me news."
Tuchel was also unhappy that Strasbourg’s players and coach suggested Neymar himself had been responsible for his injury, by provoking his opponents.
"It's Neymar's style, but don't come and complain when you get kicked," Strasbourg midfielder Anthony Goncalves commented.
"He is a great player, I respect him. He can enjoy himself but don't come blubbering afterwards."
Just minutes before Neymar was injured, the 26-year-old almost scored what would have been a genuine contender for the 2019 Puskas Award - the individual accolade handed to the footballer responsible for scoring the most beautiful goal at the end of each year - had it gone in.
Clearly frustrated with being fouled, Neymar decided to get revenge by humiliating two Strasbourg players with a rainbow flick past the first and a header past the second.
He then rifled the ball from 20 yards but narrowly missed the bottom corner of the net.
It was a magnificent display of individual brilliance from the most expensive footballer in history.
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Seriously, what a remarkable goal that would have been.
It’s hard to think of another player on the planet who would have attempted to score such an audacious goal.
You can understand why Strasbourg’s players may have been even more determined to kick him off the pitch after Neymar’s flashy dribble, but it still doesn’t excuse them for doing it.