Monday , February 17 2020

Neymar ruled out of PSG’s match at Nantes… just 48 hours after celebrating lavish birthday bash

Neymar ruled out of PSG’s Ligue 1 meeting with Nantes… which comes just 48 hours after celebrating lavish birthday bash with team-mates

  • Neymar has a rib injury that has ruled him out of Tuesday’s match with Nantes
  • Brazilian played the full 90 minutes in a 5-0 win over Montpellier on Saturday
  • However he did appear to pick up a knock in the Parc des Princes encounter
  • But he was joined by PSG team-mates celebrating his 28th birthday on Sunday
  • PSG manager Thomas Tuchel admitted preparation was not ideal 

Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar will miss Tuesday’s Ligue 1 match away to Nantes due to a rib injury, just 48 hours after celebrating his 28th birthday at a nightclub in Paris.

He played the full 90 minutes on Saturday when Thomas Tuchel’s side thrashed Montpellier 5-0, but did need treatment during the first half.

Neymar will now miss the midweek encounter and his manager admitted the preparation for the fixture was not ideal with several PSG players out with the Brazilian on Sunday night at a venue close to the Eiffel Tower.

Neymar arrives at Yoyo nightclub in Paris for his 28th birthday party on Sunday night

The Brazilian superstar looked the part as he made his way inside in his all white outfit

The Brazilian superstar looked the part as he made his way inside in his all white outfit

Tuchel told a press conference: ‘Is it the best way to prepare for a match? No, clearly not. Is it the worst thing in the world? No.

‘I always protect my players, and I really love my team. With this party, I accept that it is a bit difficult to protect the players, but the context is not simply black or white.

‘It is a shame, because we are giving people the chance to speak badly of us. We need to adapt to the situation, but I am not going to leave a player on the bench or at home because they went out and celebrated.’

Argentine striker Mauro Icardi was one of a number of PSG players in attendance at the bash

Argentine striker Mauro Icardi was one of a number of PSG players in attendance at the bash

Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani also seemed in high spirits as he was greeted by fans

Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani also seemed in high spirits as he was greeted by fans

Former Manchester United winger Memphis Depay also made an appearance

Former Manchester United winger Memphis Depay also made an appearance 

With Neymar out of the match, the onus will be on Kylian Mbappe, who was involved in a heated discussion with Tuchel at the weekend.

The Frenchman was replaced in the second half by Mauro Icardi and showed his frustration with the PSG boss on the touchline.

‘There is nothing personal between him and me. These things happen,’ Tuchel added.

‘It was between a player who does not want to come off and a coach who had his reasons for doing something and who wanted to give a game to players who deserved it.’

Neymar picked up a knock in PSG's 5-0 win over Montpellier but played the full 90 minutes

Neymar picked up a knock in PSG’s 5-0 win over Montpellier but played the full 90 minutes