Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar admits his latest injury set-back left him in tears for days.
The Brazilian isn’t expected back until April – and says the broken metatarsal he suffered last month has taken its toll mentally.
Neymar was injured in PSG’s 2-0 win over Strasbourg on January 23.
He will miss most of the club’s Champions League quest with the French champions already having one foot in the quarter finals.
In an interview with Spectacular Sport , he opened up about days spent crying at his home as he comes to terms with being sidelined at such a crucial stage.
“I think this time was even more complicated than the first one,” said the 27-year-old.
“The first one when I hurt, I said, ‘come on, let’s operate, solve it soon,’ – there was no need to be sad.
“But this time it took me longer to digest. I spent a couple of days crying at home.”
PSG fans will feel for their hero but see his frustration as sign he isn’t ready to leave the French capital yet.
His agent dad Neymar Santos Sr left the door very much open to a move last week.
The Brazilian left the Nou Camp to join PSG in a controversial world-record €220m deal in 2017.
But just a few months later rumours started to emerge saying the front man was unhappy at the club and wanted a move back to La Liga.
He has been heavily linked with a return to Barcelona and also with a switch to rivals Real Madrid .
Now his dad has added fuel to the fire.
Neymar Sr told Téléfoot : “The future is in Paris, the present is in Paris.
“It is difficult to speak about the future in football, it can change at any moment.”
PSG look to put Manchester United to bed in the second leg of the last 16 tie on March 6.
They lead 2-0 but coach Thomas Tuchel says it is far from over and that United are more than capable of turning things around.