Tuchel expects Neymar to return end of November

PARIS (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) coach Thomas Tuchel said on Friday he expects Neymar to be sidelined until the international break after injuring his thigh in Wednesday’s Champions League win in Istanbul.

The Brazil forward came off just 25 minutes into PSG’s 2-0 victory over Turkish champions Istanbul Basaksehir and will likely miss his team’s next three games. “I don’t think it’s possible he will play,” said Tuchel.

“If he plays that means he’s not injured, and that’s a bad message. The news for me is that he will return after the break.”

Neymar has been called up to his country’s squad for 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Venezuela and Uruguay on November 14 and 17. He scored a hat-trick in a 4-2 win over Peru earlier this month. He will miss the Champions League clash with RB Leipzig next week and the visit of third-placed Rennes on November 7.

PSG go to Monaco on November 20 after the international break.

“With Ney, we’re sad because he has a small adductor injury,” said Tuchel, who is already without a number of key players.