Paris St Germain's Neymar suffers fractured metatarsal and sprained ankle

Unai Emery

Real Madrid's French chief coach Zinedine Zidane on Monday said it gave him no satisfaction to see an injury take down Paris Saint Germain's Brazilian star forward Neymar ahead of the two football clubs' clash in the second leg of UEFA Champions League round-of-16.

The Brazilian superstar was stretchered off in anguish towards the end of PSG's 3-0 victory over their great rivals at the Parc des Princes, having innocuously rolled his right ankle and flopped to the ground in pain.

'I do not like players injured, ' he insisted.

Paris coach Unai Emery said after the game that early examinations in the dressing room showed Neymar had twisted the ankle.

'We're going to do some extra medical tests. "He has to rest".

He posted a picture on Instagram on Monday morning showing his right ankle strapped and with a protective splint, with the caption "08:10 Finished for today".

Neymar, who joined PSG for a world-record transfer fee previous year, left the field in tears on a stretcher during Sunday night's Ligue 1 win over rivals Marseille.

"I don't like players getting injured so I am not glad to see Neymar's injury", Zidane said.

It was clear a tearful Neymar immediately feared the worst and reports suggest that while he should play again this season he will miss the visit of Real Madrid to Paris on Tuesday 6 March.

"I'm not happy with the Neymar injury and I hope he can be back for the game".

Neymar has joined a long list of famous footballers to have been sidelined during their careers by a metatarsal injury.

"We will be optimistic".

Before that game, PSG face Marseille once more in Wednesday's Coupe de France quarter-final and Troyes in the league on Saturday, with seemingly little prospect of Neymar being involved.

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