The Brazilian Neymar does not appear in the call for Paris Saint-Germain for the second leg of the round of 16 of the UEFA champions league that this Wednesday will dispute before Barcelona, in which the Gauls will defend the 1-4 achieved at the Camp Nou.
The attacker, the most expensive player in history, “He returned to training last week but will continue his individual recovery work”said the club in its medical bulletin, in which it did not give more details.
The return of Ney, injured on February 10, seemed possible for the decisive duel against Barcelona, but the club preferred not to risk it.
The 29-year-old player will thus miss another decisive duel in the Champions League round of 16 due to injury. The brazilian He only participated in three of the eight possible since he arrived at the French club in 2017.
Neymar suffered a left adductor injury in the Cup match against the modest Caen and the club set its recovery period at one month, which placed the return of the round of 16 to the limit of it.
This Sunday, the player completed the training with his teammates normally, which suggested that he would be available of the coach, Mauricio Pochettino, for the duel against Barça, the team that brought him to Europe.
But finally the club opted for prudence and Neymar will continue without facing the team that signed him in 2013, with which he won a UEFA Champions League (2015) and which he left in 2017 to sign for PSG in exchange for 222 million euros.
Without him in the team, PSG achieved five victories, including at the Camp Nou, and a loss in the Parc des Princes to Monaco, which keeps them second in the French league, two points behind Lille.
Since his arrival in Paris, Neymar suffered 10 serious injuries, which led him to miss almost a third of the matches in which he would have been able to participate.
Many of them important, such as the return of the Champions League round of 16 against Real Madrid in their first season and the two duels of that same phase against Manchester United the following year.
That summer expressed his desire to leave PSG to return to Barcelona, but the Catalan club did not put on the table a considered offer enough for the Qatari owners of the French entity, so it stayed in the French capital.
Neymar only completed the two round of 16 matches against Borussia Dortmund last year, when PSG managed to qualify and even reached the final of the competition, which they lost to Bayern Munich.
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