Neymar to miss Nantes v PSG with rib injury

The Brazilian, who needed treatment during PSG's victory against Montpellier on Saturday, celebrated his 28th birthday at a Parisian nightclub 24 hours later.

The Brazil worldwide played the full 90 minutes on Saturday when Thomas Tuchel's side beat Montpellier 5-0, but received treatment during the first half.

"But things are not either black or white". For me, it is a shame because it makes us seem like we are neither 100% concentrating nor professional. "But I don't really want to talk about it because then these things become big issues".

Pablo Sarabia had put the hosts ahead after just eight minutes, before Di Maria and Daniel Congre's own goal secured a 3-0 half-time lead.

Neymar had an argument with referee Jerome Brisard at the break after being fouled repeatedly.

Montpellier were reduced to ten men early in the clash at the Parc des Princes, with Neymar often targeted by the visitors, and the former Barcelona attacker visibly grew irate over a lack of protection.

Bertaud was then shown a red card for handling the ball outside his box.

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With Neymar sidelined, responsibility will fall on Kylian Mbappe, who was involved in a heated discussion with Tuchel at the weekend.

Full-back Kurzawa rubbed salt in Montpellier's wounds in the 65th with a powerful volley from inside the area.

With the three points in the bag, coach Thomas Tuchel replaced Mbappe with Mauro Icardi and the France striker did little to hide his frustration.

Despite Mbappe's transgression, Tuchel is yet to decide whether the forward will face sanctions. "With this party, I accept that it is a bit hard to protect the players, but the context is not simply black or white", he told a news conference.

"I am coach. Somebody has to decide who comes off and goes on".

And the highly-coveted star later took to Instagram to hit back at the referee, telling his 132million followers: 'I just play football'. "You need to have respect for everyone".

Substitute Edinson Cavani, who failed in his January attempt to move to Atletico Madrid, thought he had netted his 199th PSG goal in a rare appearance this season, but it was ruled out for offside.

  • Lawrence Cooper