Possible Neymar return date revealed as PSG prepare to face Messi and Barcelona

Possible Neymar return date revealed as PSG prepare to face Messi and Barcelona

Neymar return?

The return of Neymar will be on the agenda at PSG after the Brazilian was taken off against Caen having suffered an injury which was likely to keep him out for the best part of 4 weeks.

This means that he will miss both legs against Barcelona in the Champions League last 16 round, a big blow for a side which has its controversial history with the Blaugrana.

Supposedly, Neymar wanted to start against Caen, a decision that he will likely regret.

“For a while, I will once again have to stop doing the thing I most love in life, which is playing football,” he said. “I dribble and I get hit constantly. It makes me very sad. It makes me very sad to have to listen to a player, a coach, a commentator or whoever the hell it is say ‘they have to kick him’, ‘he dives’, ‘cry-baby’ ‘spoilt kid’, etc.

“It saddens me and I don’t know how much longer I can take it. I just want to be happy playing football. NOTHING ELSE.”

The French media has been speculating as to who will start in his place and the likely line-up will be a combination of Kylian Mbappe, Mauro Icardi and one of Pablo Sarabia and Moise Kean. The Italian has performed well since arriving at the French champions on loan from Everton.

Pochettino hits back at Barca

The continual stream of back and fourths between PSG and Barcelona over the Lionel Messi contract situation is continuing. The latest instalment is PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino has hit out at Barca’s claims of disrespect from the French club’s camp speaking about Messi.

“I understand that you should talk as little as possible about a player who is not in your team but that is not only applicable for PSG, but for all teams to carry out their transfer strategies and for are players who are ending their contract. From Paris, no one has been disrespected,” he said.

“For a player to express a desire that he would like to play in the same team with another player, it seems to me to be valid. Many Barça players expressed their desire for Neymar to return.

“I have been watching all the teams for more than a year, so yes, I have studied Barça. Messi is a machine, a competitive animal.”

With less than 6 months left on his deal, Messi could still end up staying at Barca, moving to PSG or going somewhere completely unspoken of. Only time will tell.

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