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Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar is expected to return in January after sustaining an ankle injury in the match with Lyon last weekend.
This is certainly much better news than was initially feared for the French champions. Neymar was seen crying in pain during last Sunday’s 1-0 loss following a challenge from Thiago Mendes, and there were initial concerns that he had suffered a break or other serious damage.
However, PSG has confirmed that Neymar has suffered a sprain and some bruises.
the club said in a statement Saturday: “After sprained left ankle, there are some bruises on the bone and he is still being treated in training camp. He is expected to return in January.”
It means Neymar will miss the top-of-the-table meeting with Lille on Sunday, even after manager Thomas Tuchel suggested earlier this week that the 28-year-old could be in line for a surprise comeback.
“It is not impossible to see Neymar again before the winter break. Maybe against Lille, we hope,” said the German coach. said at a pre-match press conference. “We will do everything for Lille. I cannot say yes or no. We must wait to see the results of the last exams.”
Lille are one point ahead of PSG heading into the game, as the capital’s side have lost four of their 15 Ligue 1 games this season. However, they will go to the top of the table with a victory.
PSG also confirmed that Danilo Pereira is also scheduled for a January comeback from a hamstring injury, although Mauro Icardi and Pablo Sarabia could return soon. Juan Bernat continues to rehabilitate.