Tuchel: It will be ‘super difficult’ for Neymar to face Man United

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 28: Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain goes down after a challenge during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool at Parc des Princes on November 28, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel admits Neymar will likely be unavailable for their trip to Manchester United in next month’s Champions League clash.

The 26-year-old forward damaged the same metatarsal he broke last February during PSG’s 2-0 Coupe de France win over Strasbourg last Wednesday.

The injury occurred following a challenge from Strasbourg midfielder Moataz Zemzemi, which forced Tuchel to replace Neymar in the 62nd-minute for Moussa Diaby.

Therefore, the former Barcelona star was absent in Sunday’s 4-1 win over Rennes in Ligue 1 for PSG.

Speaking after the game, Tuchel confirmed that Neymar will likely be out of the squad that will travel to Old Trafford on February 12 for the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie against United.

“It’s going to be super difficult,” Tuchel told Canal Plus.

“As I explained [on Saturday] it’s too early to talk about a return date. We have to wait for the first week, which is very important, and his reaction to treatment.

“Only after that can we be more precise. But it’s going to be super difficult – that’s not a secret.”

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In light of Marco Verratti’s ankle injury and Adrien Rabiot’s suspension from the team, PSG are lacking midfield options with defenders Marquinhos and Dani Alves playing in the central midfield on Sunday.

This has caused Tuchel to urge the PSG board to hurry up with bringing in recruits before this month’s transfer window closes.

Napoli midfielder Allan and Zenit star Leandro Paredes have both linked with moves to PSG with the latter understood to be the more likely of the duo.

Although Tuchel made light of the situation at the Parc Des Princes after a deal for Paredes failed to go through over the weekend.

“I’ve been expecting him already for a few days, but he isn’t here,” added Tuchel.

“I’ve been looking in the shower, in the dressing room, in the treatment room, with the goalkeepers… but he isn’t there.”

A brace from Edinson Cavani along with Angel Di Maria and Kylian Mbappe’s goals secured PSG a 4-1 win against Rennes and maintained their 13-point lead at the top of Ligue 1.