Neymar OUT injured for PSG's second leg against Barcelona after losing race to be fit for clash with former side

NEYMAR is OUT of Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League second leg against his old club Barcelona.

The 29-year-old is still nursing the thigh injury that saw him miss his side's 4-1 thrashing of Barca last month in the first leg.

It was originally anticipated he would be fit to return for part II on Wednesday, but that dream is over.

PSG's star forward picked up the injury during a 1-0 Coupe de France victory at Caen in February.

Boss Mauricio Pochettino was left exasperated after Neymar was replaced by Kylian Mbappe following a hefty collision on the hour-mark.

The French giants were not hopeful after the game and hospital scans confirmed their worst fears.

Neymar had a grade two tear of his left adductor.

Although the Brazilian has been involved in light training with his team-mates, the game against his former employers will come too soon.

When the injury hit, he expressed his major disappointment in a social media post where he questioned the treatment he receives from defenders.


Neymar wrote: “The sadness is great, the pain is immense and the crying is constant.

“Once again, I will stop for a while doing what I love the most in life, which is playing football. Sometimes I feel uncomfortable because of my style of play, because I dribble and they constantly hit me.

"I don't know if the problem is me or what I do on the field. It saddens me a lot. It saddens me a lot to hear from a player, coach, commentator or whoever the hell it is, that ‘you really have to hit him’, ‘he falls’, ‘he cries’, ‘a child’, ‘spoiled’ etc.

"It honestly saddens me and I don't even know how much I can bear it. I just want to be happy playing football. NOTHING ELSE."

Just days ago Neymar hinted that he would be fit for the game posting an image of a workout to Instagram with the cryptic caption: “Loading.”

But his return to action is delayed still further.

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