It has long been clear that Neymar would not be able to help his team against FC Bayern. But now PSG are getting real bad news before the fateful game in the Champions League with the German record champions: The Brazilian superstar is about to end the season.
Paris Saint-Germain attacking star Neymar will need surgery and will most likely be out for the rest of the season. This was announced by the French master. It will be three to four months before Neymar can return to team training, the club said. On Wednesday (9 p.m. / DAZN and in the live ticker on ntv.de) PSG will play Bayern Munich in the round of 16 second leg of the Champions League and have to make up for a 0-1 draw in the first leg.
The ligament operation was necessary because the 31-year-old Brazilian's right ankle had been damaged several times in recent years, the club said in a statement. After the recent injury in the league game against Lille, medical staff would have advised ligament surgery to reduce the risk of further setbacks. The procedure will be carried out in a few days in a hospital in Doha.
It was already clear beforehand that the superstar could not help his team to avoid another sporting catastrophe against FC Bayern. At the end of last week, PSG coach Christophe Galtier announced: "Neymar will not be available for the next two games." Now it gets worse. After the home game defeat (0:1) in the first leg, the noble ensemble built with Qatari oil billions is again threatened with being eliminated in the round of 16 of the Champions League. Another premature end would be difficult for the Parisians and their very rich sponsors from the last World Cup host country to digest.
The commitment of the eight-time world footballer Lionel Messi, who joined Neymar and France's world champion Kylian Mbappé in the summer of 2021 to form the most prominent offensive trio in the football world, did not bring the desired success either: last year they had already failed in the round of 16. In 2020 they came very close, but lost the final against Bayern Munich.