2 PSG starters expected to miss Classique at Marseille
After pulling off a miraculous victory (4-3) against Lille on Sunday, not everything could be good news for Paris Saint-Germain. Two of their starters at the Parc des Princes this weekend had to leave the pitch before they would have hoped for and they will miss, at the very least, next weekend's game against Olympique Marseille.
Portugal international Nuno Mendes, who suffered from injuries earlier this season, was forced out of the pitch after half an hour of play, getting replaced by Juan Bernat.
According to PSG's official medical update, Mendes will undergo further explorations in the next 24 hours to know more about the injury. The note reports that Mendes suffered "a small strain in the medial ligament of his right knee:"
The same note touches on Neymar's ankle injury, adding new information to the damage suffered by the Brazil international on Sunday.
Nuno Mendes and Neymar face an uphill batter to play against OM next Sunday
The medical staff of Paris Saint-Germain reported after the game that Neymar suffered "a sprained ankle" and the initial explorations "did not reveal any fracture." Further tests and MRI scans will be carried out in the next 24 hours to know more about Neymar's situation.
French newspaper L'Equipe acquired addition information, going on to say that Mendes "could miss the Classique against OM next Sunday" while they also confirm that the Parisian medical staff has "no particular concerns" about Mendes' availability for the second leg of the Champions League last-16 game against Bayern on Mar. 8.
Neymar, though, is expected to remain out for the next two-to-three weeks, also if L'Equipe's information is to be believed. That means that he would only be a borderline option to make it to the game against Bayern.
Something similar happened to Kylian Mbappe ahead of the first-leg game with the France World Cup winner ultimately coming off the bench and nearly saving PSG from defeat.
Of course, Neymar is much more fragile than Mbappe and will most probably need to nurse his injury for a longer period in order to avoid further damage and a setback in his recovery.
Things weren't looking good for Paris Saint-Germain this season and this only adds more problems to the endless drama in the French capital.