Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar are facing a fitness battle next week in the Champions League, 16 first legs at Borussia Dortmund, said coach Thomas Tuchel on Wednesday.
The most expensive player in the world has missed three games after being injured in the ribs since winning against Montpellier on February 2. “I can’t say he will be 100% to play against Borussia Dortmund,” said Tuchel after the 6-1 French Cup quarterfinals in Dijon.
PSG will wait until the last possible moment before deciding on the chances of the Brazilian to face Amiens in Ligue 1 this weekend. “We will discuss and decide Friday, the last possible hour to do so.
We cannot risk his physical condition, ”added Tuchel. Neymar, 28, who joined PSG in 2017 for 222 million euros ($ 250 million at the time) missed last season’s defeat at Manchester United at the same Champions League stadium with a foot injury.
Neymar’s teammates Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe, Marco Verratti and Idrissa Gueye were also unavailable for the midweek Cup victory and are likely to miss Saturday’s championship game in Amiens. “We are not going to take risks against Amiens, that is clear.
We will have a strong team, but if we have little doubt, we will not take any risks, ”said Tuchel. The Parisians have never gone further than the quarter-finals of the Champions League and will travel to Dortmund on Tuesday for the first leg of the last 16 confrontations.