Christophe Galtier lays blame for Neymar injury as PSG boss insists blow is not ‘bad luck’

 (AFP via Getty Images)
(AFP via Getty Images)

Paris Saint-Germain boss Christophe Galtier has laid the blame for Neymar’s injury setback at the club’s intense schedule.

Brazilian forward Neymar left the field in tears early in the second half after colliding with Benjamin Andre and rolling his ankle in Sunday’s 4-3 win over Lille.

“Neymar suffered a sprained ankle during the game against Lille and underwent an MRI scan today,” PSG said in a statement. “It did not reveal any fracture. A new ligament assessment will be carried out in 48 hours.”

The club did not provide details on how long Neymar would be unavailable. The 31-year-old sustained damage to the same ankle during last year's World Cup in Qatar and missed two games.

“This is not bad luck,” Galtier said. “There are always reasons for injuries - the schedule, the sequence of games. It is never random. He is being examined to know the severity of his sprain.

“Of course, it complicates things and that’s the way it is. We have to keep our heads down. We’re going to do it again, but with a victory. That is more pleasant.”

Ligue 1 leaders PSG face Marseille, who are five points behind in second, away next weekend and host Nantes before taking on Bayern Munich in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie as they look to overturn a 1-0 deficit.

Neymar has twice spent lengthy spells on the sidelines after sustaining metatarsal fractures before PSG's last-16 tie against Real Madrid in 2019 and against Manchester United the following year, with the French side being knocked out on both occasions.

Additional reporting by Reuters.