Neymar out for 10 weeks, misses United clash

Manchester United have been handed a huge boost with the news that Neymar will miss both of their Champions League clashes with Paris Saint-Germain.

If PSG survives and advances, Neymar could return for the next stage of Europe's top club competition.

The Brazil national team visited Paris on Tuesday and, along with Paris Saint-Germain and a team of medical experts, reached the decision that an operation was not necessary.

The 26-year-old Brazil forward, the world's most expensive player, suffered the injury against Strasbourg in the Coupe de France last week.

The Brazilian, who has a fractured metatarsal, will miss the Ligue 1 side's last-16 tie against Manchester United, although he could be fit for a potential quarterfinal in April. As a result, Neymar is expected to return to the field within ten weeks.

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"PSG wishes to show its player all his affection, his strongest support and his greatest encouragement to overcome this injury, with the courage and determination he has always shown", read a statement on the club's official website. Neymar's unlikely to be ready for the first leg but could come into contention for the second leg.

Neymar's new injury is a major boost to United, who are unbeaten since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced the sacked Jose Mourinho in the dugout.

Last year, Neymar was out for 11 weeks after suffering a metatarsal injury on the same right foot, missing PSG's Champions League last-16 exit to holders Real Madrid.

But while past year the Brazilian national team's influence proved crucial in persuading Neymar to go under the knife, this time PSG were determined to play the deciding role in the treatment of their record signing.

But the World Cup victor has rejected the chance to join the French club on loan.

  • Lawrence Cooper