Neymar returns to Brazil for treatment

BELGRADE, SERBIA - DECEMBER 11: Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Red Star Belgrade and Paris Saint-Germain at Rajko Mitic Stadium on December 11, 2018 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

Paris Saint-Germain have announced that Neymar will continue his recovery from a foot injury in his native Brazil.

The Brazilian superstar has been sidelined with another metatarsal injury since January 23 following a challenge by Moataz Zemzemi in PSG’s 2-0 Coupe de France win over RC Strasbourg.

Despite growing hopes of an early return, Neymar’s father ruled out any possibility of his son making a comeback in time for PSG’s return leg against Manchester United in their last-16 Champions League clash at Old Trafford on March 13.

Although Thomas Tuchel’s side have shown no signs of weakness in Neymar’s absence on the back of collecting six wins in the last seven games with the most recent one seeing PSG thrash Montpellier HSC 5-1 on Wednesday night.

Now the Ligue 1 champions have confirmed that Neymar will head out to Brazil to continue his rehabilitation under the direct supervision of their medical department for the next 10 days.

“Neymar Jr will continue treatment in Brazil under the supervision of the Paris Saint-Germain medical department,” read a club statement.

“As part of the treatment of the injury of his fifth right metatarsal, Paris Saint-Germain have decided to send Neymar Jr to Brazil for ten days.

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“The Brazil international striker will leave this Thursday, accompanied by a medical team from the club, to continue specific treatment, scheduled after the medical care he has already received in Paris, as well as in Barcelona, since the end of January.”

Prior to his injury, Neymar had managed 20 goals and 11 assists in 23 appearances for PSG across all competitions in what has been another standout campaign for the French club.

Under new coach Tuchel, PSG hold an impressive 15-point lead at the top of the Ligue 1 table from second-place Lille OSC, who have played one more game than the Parisians.

Last week’s 2-0 win at United in the first leg of their last-16 tie also puts PSG in a favourable position to reach of the quarter-finals of the Champions League.