Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed that star forward Neymar will remain on the sidelines for a minimum of four weeks.
Neymar suffered a blow to his ankle during Brazil’s victory against Qatar in a friendly last week.
Neymar out for 4 weeks; replaced in Brazil squad by Willian
The injury was serious enough to rule him out of the upcoming Copa America. This will serve as a massive blow to Brazil, who were banking on the former Barcelona man to lead them to glory.
Neymar has since been replaced by Chelsea winger Willian in the squad.
PSG doctors have since conducted their own examinations on the forward. They released a statement in which they confirmed that he would be out for at least a month.
“The two [club] doctors diagnosed a sprain of the lateral ligament of the right ankle without surgical indication.
“The treatment of this injury will be articulated around a functional rehabilitation. The return of the Paris Saint-Germain striker should take place within four weeks.”
While it is obvious he will miss Brazil’s campaign, it remains to be seen if Neymar returns to PSG next season.
Injury problems galore for Neymar
Neymar missed a significant chunk of PSG’s past season due to injury. The Brazilian is reportedly not pleased with the direction in which the club is heading.
PSG managed to win the Ligue 1 trophy yet again, however, they crashed out of the Champions League in spectacular fashion to Manchester United despite holding a two-goal lead from the first leg.
The forward has since been linked with a move to a number of top European clubs, including the likes of Barcelona and even Real Madrid. However, with his price tag hovering at over 150m pounds, it’s unlikely teams will make a serious move for him in the summer.
As for Brazil, they begin their Copa America campaign with a game against Bolivia on June 14.