Neymar will spend 10 weeks on the sidelines due to his foot injury, keeping him out for both legs of the Champions League last-16 tie against Manchester United.
Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed the length of time the world’s most expensive footballer will miss, having hobbled out of the Coupe de France clash with Strasbourg last week.
The club announced on Wednesday that “conservative treatment of the injury to the fifth right metatarsal” will keep Neymar out until mid-April, adding to their injury woes as Marco Verratti remains out.
The news comes as a major blow to Thomas Tuchel’s men, who will now be without their talisman for both legs of the crunch clash with United, which begins at Old Trafford on February 12.
His scheduled return timetable would see him miss at least 14 matches, and potentially more if PSG progress in the Coupe de France or reach the last eight in Europe.