Neymar out for 10 weeks, misses United clash

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Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar during the French Cup last-32 match against RC Strasbourg  at Parc des Princes, Paris, in this January 23, 2019, photo.

Neymar is expected to be sidelined for about 10 weeks with a right foot injury, ruling the Paris Saint-Germain striker out of the UEFA Champions League matchup against Manchester United.

PSG travels to play United in the last 16 of the UCL on February 12, with the return leg in Paris on March 6. The injury potentially also rules him out both legs of the quarterfinals in mid-April if PSG advances.

However, if PSG reaches the semifinals, the 26-year-old Brazilian may be back in time for the first leg at the end of April and the return leg in the second week of May.

A group of medical experts met on Tuesday at PSG's training ground to assess the damage to his fifth metatarsal and decided the best course of action was a "conservative treatment" and not an operation, PSG said yesterday in a statement.

Neymar was in "total agreement" with the decision, PSG added.

"Paris Saint-Germain sends its strongest support and encouragement to Neymar Jr to overcome this injury, with the courage and determination that the player has always shown," the club said.

Neymar was injured while playing against RC Strasbourg last Wednesday in the French Cup, rolling his ankle as he fell to the ground following a couple of challenges.

It is Neymar's third injury in the last 12 months.

In February, Neymar cracked the fifth metatarsal in his right foot, and he underwent surgery back home in Brazil. Although he recovered in time for the World Cup, he was not at his best in Russia.

Then, Neymar was substituted with a groin injury during the first half of Brazil's friendly against Cameroon on November 20.

Neymar became the world's most expensive player when he joined PSG from Barcelona for 222 million euros (US$254 million) in 2017. He has scored 20 goals in 23 games this season and 48 in 53 overall.

If his recovery goes well, Neymar should be able to play at the Copa America tournament, which opens on June 14 in Brazil. Neymar, who has made 96 international appearances, is third on Brazil's scoring list with 60 goals, behind only Ronaldo (62) and Pele (77).

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