Neymar will face a final 16 second leg defeat against Barcelona in the Paris Saint-Germain Champions League on Wednesday following a thigh injury. PSG said the Brazilian attacker would continue training in person on Tuesday and would be re-evaluated “in the coming days”.
Mauricio Pochettino said during a virtual press conference before the game, “We didn't have to make a decision, it's simply a fitness position of a player, ‘Ney', who can't make it.” Parc des princes.
“He's not fit enough to play competitive sports. It's just a reality, a fact.”
“It's a shame because he was really looking forward to the game. It's a difficult moment for him because he was hoping to recover but clearly he is still a few days from being able to help the team.” is far.”
The 29-year-old has not played since picking up the injury in the French Cup win over Kane in early February.
He also missed the first leg of the Champions League tie at Camp Nou, with PSG winning 4–1.
That result puts Pochettino's team in a strong position to return to the event, although the former Tottenham Hotspur coach preached caution to the media.
“We still need to play a game of football, and that should be focused on,” he said. “We have to attack the game and win. This is what we have prepared.”
Pochettino said Italy could return to right-left Alessandro Florenzi after sitting out in the last three matches due to injury.
First-round goalscorer Moise Keane is still missing after testing positive for Kovid-19 last week.
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