Neymar set for Champions League reunion with Barcelona as early tests suggest PSG star has NOT broken his ankle after being forced off on a stretcher during defeat against Lyon
- Neymar was stretchered off on Sunday after horror tackle from Thiago Mendes
- Preliminary tests have confirmed that the PSG star has not broken his ankle
- The striker will also not have to undergo surgery after the stoppage time injury
- Neymar could return in time for PSG’s Champions League clash with Barcelona
Preliminary tests have confirmed that Neymar has not broken his ankle after Thiago Mendes’ horror tackle on Sunday.
The PSG striker will not have to undergo surgery after being carried off on a stretcher in stoppage time during their home defeat to Lyon, according to AS.
However, the extent of Neymar’s injury and the timeframe in which he is expected to return will be confirmed on Tuesday after further assessments.
Neymar screamed out in agony after being scythed down by Lyon midfielder Thiago Mendes
Neymar was left in a heap on the pitch after the challenge that saw Mendes shown a red card
Subsequently, it is likely that Neymar will be back in the fold for PSG sooner than first expected.
Therefore he will be able to help Thomas Tuchel’s men claw their way back to the top of the table and defend their Ligue 1 title.
As it stands, PSG sit third in the table having surrendered the top spot to Lille, who claimed a no-nonsense 2-1 win at home against Girondins de Bordeaux.
The Brazilian forward was carried off on a stretcher with what looked like a serious ankle injury
However, preliminary tests have confirmed that the PSG star has not broken his ankle
Lille currently have 29 points from 14 games, leading second-placed Lyon on goal difference with PSG on 28 points after their fourth defeat of the season.
Should Neymar undergo a routine rehab process, he could be back in time to face Barcelona in the Champions League.
The former Barcelona forward was on the Catalans side the last time PSG and Barca met in the Champions League.
He played an instrumental role in their success, helping Luis Enrique’s side come back from a 4-0 deficit in the first leg in Paris to win 6-1 at Camp Nou.
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