Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar has been left in tears after being stretchered off with what appears to be a serious ankle injury that could rule him out of the Champions League tie against Real Madrid. Neymar exited the game against Marseille in the 77th minute, with the Ligue 1 leaders eventually winning 3-0.
The Brazilian was tracking back behind Bouna Sarr when his right ankle awkwardly twisted, leaving him in agony on the turf.
The injury is a huge blow for boss Unai Emery and co., who are aiming to overturn a 3-1 deficit in the last 16 Champions League tie with Real Madrid, with the second leg on Tuesday, March 6.
Despite Neymar’s anguish as he lay on the turf, Unai Emery remains optimistic.
“If I had to pick my Real Madrid side now, I would say that Neymar could feature,” Emery said after the game. “We are optimistic.”
Depending on the severity, the injury could also rule him out of Brazil’s March friendlies against Russia and Germany.
The news is a devastating blow for the French club, whose season will defined by their success in Europe – with a 14 point lead in Ligue 1 over Monaco.