Neymar injury: PSG learn fate ahead of Bayern Munich second leg

Neymar screams in pain after injuring his ankle against Lille
Neymar screams in pain after injuring his ankle against Lille / Tim Clayton - Corbis/GettyImages

Paris Saint-Germain will be without Neymar for the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 clash with Bayern Munich.

The Brazilian suffered a sprained ankle during PSG's recent 4-3 win over Lille in Ligue 1 and was carried off on a stretcher in a significant amount of pain.

PSG opted against putting a timeline on when Neymar might return to action, but manager Christophe Galtier has confirmed in his latest press conference that the injury is serious enough to rule the 31-year-old out of the second leg against Bayern - a game the Bundesliga giants head into with a 1-0 advantage.

"This is not bad luck,” Galtier had previously complained in the immediate aftermath of Neymar's injury. "There are always reasons for injuries - the schedule, the sequence of games. It is never random."


Neymar's absence is a huge blow to PSG's hopes of overturning the deficit against a Bayern team who have home advantage on March 8, particularly as Galtier is also contending with injuries to Presnel Kimpembe and Nuno Mendes among others.

Kingsley Coman's goal was the difference between PSG and Bayern Munich on Valentine's Day, when Galtier was unable to call upon Kylian Mbappe from the start. The Frenchman came on in the second half and had a goal ruled out for offside, but in truth Bayern were well worth their win against a below-par PSG.

The good news for Galtier is that the weekend win over Marseille in Le Classique has opened up an eight-point gap at the top of the Ligue 1 table - though he'll know that progress in the Champions League may determine whether or not he remains in his job next season.