27 Feb Unai Emery rejects claims Paris St Germain forward Neymar requires operation
Paris St Germain manager Unai Emery has rejected claims that Neymar requires an operation on a foot injury.
The Brazilian sprained his right ankle and cracked his fifth metatarsal during Sunday night’s Ligue 1 victory over Marseille.
Reports had suggested the former Barcelona forward needed to go under the knife to correct the problem and was set to be sidelined for up to two months.
But Emery ended the speculation at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, where he was previewing Wednesday night’s Coupe de France quarter-final against Marseille.
“The information that Neymar will be operated on is false,” said Emery, quoted by L’Equipe.
“I spoke with the doctor on Tuesday morning and he explained to me what the exams revealed. I also talked about it with Antero (Henrique, the sporting director), the president and the player.”
Emery also refused to rule Neymar out of the Champions League last-16 second leg against Real Madrid, who hold a 3-1 lead, in Paris next Tuesday.
“Neymar is the first who wants to play every game, for Real Madrid , he is very focused,” Emery added.
“I think there’s a little option that he’s ready for the game.”