Manchester United have been handed a huge boost ahead of their champions league showdown with Paris Saint Germain after Thomas Tuchel admitted Neymar is unlikely to be fit in time for the first leg of their last-16 tie against Manchester United.
The Brazilian limped off in tears during the Coupe de France win over Strasbourg with a foot problem.
After the match Thomas Tuchel claimed the injury was “serious” and that it ”was the worst thing that could have happened.”
According to French football show Telefoot, the chances of the 26-year-old playing against United are very small.
The former Borussia Dortmund boss expressed his disappointment that his key star could be set to miss perhaps their biggest game of the season.
“It’s horrible that’s certain, after Marco [Verratti], now Ney,” he said.
“They are key players, players with great quality, quality extraordinary, they are missed greatly but at the same time, it is our challenge to find a solution.
“That’s the job of the whole team because we don’t have players that can play like Marco or Ney, that would replace them both perfectly, but we are a strong team and we stay together and we will show it.”
He is injured again at the most important moment of the season. He’s sad. Yesterday, we tried not to talk about his injury. We have talked other things to make him smile.
“Because when we are at this important stage of the season, it’s hard not to be able to play.”
PSG would have fancied their chances when the draw was initially made but the injury to Neymar and United’s impressive vein of form will have changed their outlook on the tie.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won all eight of his matches since taking over from Jose Mourinho and his hopes of landing the job permanently would only be increased by success in the competition.