Paris Saint-Germain winger Neymar suffered a horrific injury during his side’s 3-1 win over St. Etienne in the Ligue 1. The player was in tears and left the pitch on a stretcher. He is reportedly set to be out for 6 weeks.
The incident occurred in the late stages of the contest with Neymar appearing to evade a tackle by an incoming player. However, he twisted his ankle horribly and went down to the ground immediately, screaming in agony.
His teammates soon crowded him and their reaction suggested that the injury was a serious one. He later gave an update with a post on Instagram and vowed to come back as a better player.
“Unfortunately, these setbacks are a part of an athlete’s life. Now you have to raise your head and move on. I will come back better and stronger.”
PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino did not have an update following the culmination of the match where Messi stole the show with a hattrick of assists. He said:
“For the moment there is nothing to say. He felt pain from the twist of his ankle. Tomorrow, he will take exams and we will know a little more about his injury.”
Neymar and PSG extend their lead in Ligue 1
With a resounding 3-1 win over St. Etienne, PSG are now 12 points ahead in the league table. Following 14 games, the Ligue 1 giants have only dropped 4 points so far.
Despite their dominance in the league, the club are currently docile at best when it comes to Europe. They secured a second-place finish with a game to go. Draws to RB Leipzig and Club Brugged followed by a tame defeat to Manchester City hampered their chances of finishing atop their group.
The club now faces a difficult prospect with the possibility of being drawn against a top club in the Round Of 16. The rumours surrounding the future of Mauricio Pochettino also do not help their case, but all the signs point towards a stay till the end of the season with Manchester United closing on Ralf Rangnick as their interim manager.
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