Neymar Junior’s father has disagreed with Paris Saint-Germaine’s decision to field the player for next week Tuesday’s Champions League match against Real Madrid.
Neymar suffered a fractured metatarsals and sprained ankle in PSG’s Ligue 1 win over Marseille last Sunday.
Coach Unai Emery afterwards said the Player had a “small chance” of playing against Real, denying reports he needed surgery.
However, his father said his son would be out for six weeks and will miss the game.
“PSG know they will not be able to count on my son”, he told ESPN Brazil. “His treatment will last six to eight weeks, whether there is an operation or not.”
Media reports said Neymar’s father was concerned about his son’s fitness ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
The striker joined PSG for a world record £200m fee from Barcelona last August. He has scored 29 goals in 30 games for the club this season.
PSG are 14 points clear of second-placed Monaco in the league. They host the Spanish giants March 6 in a crucial Champions League match, which could potentially decide coach Unai Emery’s future at the club.
- Ashaolu Oluwafemi