Neymar injured after PSG’s Coupe de France win

Neymar injured after PSG’s Coupe de France win

Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar limped off injured after they held on for a 1-0 win at second-tier Caen in the Coupe de France round-of-64 football clash on Wednesday.

Neymar crashed down after a robust challenge from Steeve Yago in the 56th-minute, holding his left thigh as he left the field to be replaced by Kylian Mbappe three minutes later.

Moise Kean scored the only goal early in the second half before Neymar limped off the pitch that raised concerns about participating in the Champions League last-16 first leg clash against his former club Barcelona.

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After the game, PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino said Neymar injured his adductor but wouldn’t say how long he could be out.

“It’s hard to know now, we’ll see [Thursday] with the doctor, for the moment it’s hard to say,” Pochettino said. “Can he be there [at Barcelona] next week? I need more information. Is he affected in the adductors? Yes.”

PSG will already be without the injured Angel Di Maria for the Barcelona game, who injured his thigh last Sunday against Marseille.

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Pochettino defended his decision to name a strong starting XI which included Neymar despite the forward only featuring as a substitute against Marseille on Sunday due to a stomach problem.

“Every game is important. I believe that PSG must win every game,” said the Argentinian, who took over from the sacked Thomas Tuchel last month.

“If we had lost, you would have criticised me for not having given importance to the French Cup. We make the decisions, we analyse, we try to find the best team.”

The holders did enough to win despite finishing the game without their stand-in skipper, as Moise Kean’s 49th-minute goal, dished by Neymar, proved to be the game winner.

PSG were never in serious trouble as they moved into the last-32.

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