French side Paris Saint-Germain suffered an injury blow to their superstar, Neymar, after the Brazilian forward hobbled off injured just after the hour mark of PSG’s Coupe de France encounter against Strasbourg at the Parc Des Princes on Wednesday night.
A goal in each half from Edinson Cavani in the third minute and former Manchester United midfielder, Angel di Maria, in the 80th minute sealed the win for the French league leaders.
But the sweet taste of victory for Thomas Tuchel’s side was soured by injury to Neymar who was emotional as he came off the field in the 62nd miunte for youngster, Moussa Diaby, after the former Barcelona man appeared to twist his right foot.
The Brazil star seemed to injure himself when Strasbourg midfielder Moataz Zemzemi attempted to tackle him three times before referee Johan Hamel awarded a free-kick.
Neymar was angered by the rough treatment meted out by Zemzemi and got a form of revenge when he flicked the ball over the Strasbourg man’s head before firing wide from the resultant set-piece.
However, Neymar left the pitch shortly after to receive treatment and, though he came back on, was unable to continue and looked to be in tears as he made his way down the tunnel.
PSG, who were leading 1-0 at the time, face Premier League side Manchester United in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on February 12 at Old Trafford.
Neymar is now a doubt for that encounter against a side that has chalked up seven successive wins under interim boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in all competitions and look a much different proposition for PSG from the team under Jose Mourinho when they were drawn to face each other late last year.
Before facing PSG, though, Solskjaer will have another big test waiting for him in the form of a FA Cup fourth round clash with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Friday, a game which comes barely two weeks after the Norwegian guided the Red Devils to an impressive 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in a Premier League match played at Wembley; the win coming courtesy of Marcus Rashford’s first half strike and David De Gea’s second half heroics which saw the Spanis goalkeeper make an astounding 11 saves to keep Mauricio Pochettino’s team at bay.
For PSG, Cavani and Kylian Mbappe are still available for now to lead the attack while di Maria and Julian Draxler are available options to fill up a potential void opened by Neymar’s injury on Wednesday night.