Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar is in a race to be fit for the club’s Champions League round of 16 second-leg clash against Bayern Munich, according to Foot Mercato.
The Brazilian superstar was stretchered off in the second half of PSG’s enthralling 4-3 victory over Lille after landing awkwardly on his ankle.
He missed the thumping 3-0 victory over Olympique Marseille last time out and will likely sit out the upcoming home game against Nantes.
However, with a crunch tie decider against Bayern on the horizon, the Brazil international is reportedly trying to speed up his recovery process to be available for the game.
The match may come too soon for Neymar, but the former Barcelona man has not given up on playing his part in helping the team make it to the quarter-finals.
Even if Neymar is declared fit for the tie, it remains to be seen if manager Christophe Galtier will opt to field his superstar front three from the get-go.
There are already concerns that the frightening combination of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar in attack cannot coexist.
Last weekend’s emphatic win over Marseille with Neymar on the sidelines may have proved that theory to be correct.
Messi and Mbappe ran the show for Les Parisiens, with the World Cup winner providing two assists for Mbappe, who also returned the favour, setting up Messi for the second goal.
Marseille had no answer to PSG’s quality, and Galtier may be tempted to field the same team against Bayern, especially with his job on the line.
Having suffered defeat in the first leg thanks to a second-half Kingsley Coman strike, anything but a victory at the Allianz Arena on March 8 could spell trouble for Galtier, who is already on the ropes at the Parc des Princes.
Neymar, who has been heavily linked with a move from Paris in recent times, will undoubtedly be hoping to play a part in the game.
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