Ligue 1: Neymar absent against Rennes, four days before PSG – Real Madrid

Neymar will not be in the game against Rennes on Friday. « Its evolution is very good. He will not be able to be in the group for Rennes. We will see for Madrid« said Mauricio Pochettino about the Brazilian, in the recovery phase after his sprained left ankle suffered at the end of November. « All great players want to play great matches. He has the experience and the maturity to manage himself, and channel his energy, to arrive in the best conditions when he can play“, continued the PSG coach.

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The player « continues its progression and its recovery work in part with the group and adapted athletic complements« , said PSG in its medical press release. For the first time in more than two months, « Ney » took part, on Friday morning, in the 15 minutes of collective training before the match open to the press. His presence confirmed his progress since resuming racing on January 26.

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Bad memories

But the shock against Real Madrid on Wednesday seems to come a little too early for the N.10 who was injured in Saint-Etienne on November 28. The superstar’s possible package brings back bad memories for PSG, which has often been deprived of the most expensive player in history for the 8th round of C1. Since his arrival in 2017, Neymar has missed five of his team’s eight C1 round of 16 due to various injuries, including the double confrontation against FC Barcelona last season.

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For Spanish defender Sergio Ramos, the chances of seeing him play against his former club are dwindling. He « resumed the race today (Friday) and the rest of its program will be specified within 48 hours« , said the club. After having played two games in a row for the first time this season, he injured his right calf again at the end of January. This worrying relapse, given the history of injuries to Ramos, who lived an almost white year 2021.

PSG hopes to find midfielder Ander Herrera, hit in the thigh, in collective training on Sunday. On the return side, Dutchman Georginio Wijnaldum is applying for a place in the group against Rennes. Victim of a sprained left ankle, he has not played since January 15. Angel Di Maria, injured in a calf Sunday in Lille (5-1), and Leandro Paredes, who experienced adductor pain during the week according to several media, are also available. Recent winners of the African Cup of Nations, the Senegalese Idrissa Gueye and Abdou Diallo did not train with the group on Thursday.

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