Six minutes from the end, after a challenge from Saint-Etienne’s Mason, Neymar ended up disappointed in his left ankle. The Brazilian star immediately cried out in pain and had to be carried off the field on a stretcher. The grim picture suggests the worst, as Neymar himself hinted on Instagram that he might be sidelined for some time. “Unfortunately, these setbacks are part of a footballer’s life. All I can do is raise my head and work hard. I will come back better and stronger.”
A Champions League clash with the club at Parc des Princes on December 7 already appears to be in danger, although PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino has yet to provide a definitive answer. “I hope he is back in shape again soon, but the pictures don’t look good,” the Argentine said. “Today’s investigations will bring more clarity.”
Neymar’s injury overshadowed what had been a very positive afternoon for Paris. Nearly five months after his official presentation, it’s finally time for Sergio Ramos to make his Paris Saint-Germain debut on a visit to Saint-Etienne. The Spain defender – who came on a free transfer from Real Madrid last summer – has suffered a severe calf injury in recent months. In France there has been speculation about the termination of the contract, but this should not come.
Ramos immediately played the whole game in the center of defence, but saw Saint-Etienne’s lead midway through the first half through Bouanga. Enter Lionel Messi. The Argentine showed PSG the way with no less than three assists: two for Marquinhos 1-1 and 1-3, and in between, one for his compatriot Angel Di Maria. Thanks to the victory, Paris Saint-Germain is already 14 points (!) ahead of second-seeded Nice after fifteen days of the match. It looks like the title race is already over at the end of November.
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