Neymar will not play again in 2020, Paris Saint-Germain have reported.
Due to an ankle injury sustained against Lyon, the Brazil star was absent for PSG’s last game, a 2-0 victory over Lorient in Ligue 1.
He is now set to miss the vital game away at Lille on Sunday. PSG are one point behind Lille at the top of the table with 15 games played, with Christophe Galtier’s side having suffered just one league loss compared to PSG’s four.
On Wednesday, December 23, Neymar will also miss the home match with Strasbourg, which is the last game of the year for PSG.
He was supposed to return in January, a club statement stated, but did not provide further details. In January, PSG will have to negotiate five league matches, beginning at Saint-Etienne on January 6, and the Trophee des Champions match against Marseilles a week later.
Earlier, Thomas Tuchel had indicated that he was hoping to get Neymar back for the game in Lille, but those expectations were dashed.
In 2020-21, Neymar had a disappointing season. After testing positive for coronavirus, he missed the start of the season and, due to a number of fitness issues and a suspension, has featured in less than half of PSG’s league matches so far.
In all competitions, he has already tallied up nine goals and five assists but has not yet managed to play all season in three consecutive league games.
At the very least, Neymar was fortunate to prevent another serious accident.
“It could have been worse, but once again God saved me from something serious. My cry was of pain, despair, fear, anguish, surgery, crutches and other horrible memories. I hope to recover and return as quickly as possible.”
Fitness reports on a variety of other players were also provided by PSG.