Soccer-PSG's Neymar out for up to eight weeks with ankle injury


FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - AS Saint-Etienne v Paris St Germain - Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Etienne, France - November 28, 2021 Paris St Germain's Neymar celebrates scoring their first goal before it is disallowed after a VAR review REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

PARIS (Reuters) -Paris St Germain's Brazil forward Neymar faces six to eight weeks on the sidelines with an ankle sprain sustained in Sunday's 3-1 Ligue 1 comeback victory nL1N2SJ09P at 10-man St Etienne, the French club said in a statement https://www.psg.fr/equipes/equipe-premiere/content/point-medical-neymar-jr-marco-verratti-mauro-icardi-georginio-wijnaldum-ander-herrera-julian-draxler-paris-saint-germain-ogc-nice-ligue-1-2021-2022 on Monday.

The 29-year-old twisted his ankle in the dying seconds of the match after treading on the leg of St Etienne's Yvann Macon which left him screaming in agony before he was carried off.

Neymar was later pictured leaving the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard stadium on crutches.

"The examinations carried out last night confirm that Neymar Jr suffers from a sprained left ankle with ligament injuries. An unavailability of six to eight weeks is to be expected," PSG said, adding his injury will be evaluated again in 72 hours.

Neymar had earlier said in an Instagram post that setbacks were part of an athlete's life and vowed to "come back better and stronger."

PSG's Lionel Messi set up all three goals in the game as they stretched their lead at the top to 12 points.

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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