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- Updated: February 20, 2023
Paris Saint-Germain were waiting on Sunday to find out if the ankle injury that forced Neymar off on a stretcher in their Ligue 1 game win over Lille could rule the Brazilian out of the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Bayern Munich.
Neymar appeared to be in tears as he came off early in the second half of PSG’s dramatic 4-3 win at the Parc des Princes after turning his right ankle.
“‘Ney’ has sprained his ankle. We will see how serious it is but we don’t know yet. He is undergoing tests at the moment,” coach Christophe Galtier said after the match.
Neymar had earlier scored his team’s second goal in a remarkable game, with PSG leading 2-0 before finding themselves 3-2 down in the second half.
Kylian Mbappe, who had scored the opener, equalised with three minutes to go before Lionel Messi netted a 95th-minute winner from a free-kick as the Ligue 1 leaders ended a run of three straight defeats.
PSG must now hope that the 31-year-old does not face a long spell on the sidelines, with a crunch Ligue 1 game away at Marseille next weekend and then the second leg against Bayern on March 8.
The French champions will head to Germany looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg, when Mbappe was restricted to a second-half cameo as a substitute on his return from a thigh injury.
PSG will be looking to avoid going out of the Champions League in the last 16 for what would be the fifth time in seven seasons.
But Neymar’s fitness has regularly been a cause for concern for PSG ahead of big European games ever since the world’s most expensive player arrived from Barcelona in 2017.