Angel Di Maria is set to replace Neymar for the Champions League return fixture against Real Madrid next week, according to L’Equipe.
The French publication believes PSG boss Unai Emery will turn to the Argentine to replace Neymar – after the Brazilian suffered a fractured metatarsal and sprained ankle during the 3-0 victory over Marseille on Sunday.
Di Maria has been PSG’s best player this season and has scored 14 goals and provided 15 assists in 30 matches, a stunning return considering he is not a guaranteed starter.
With Neymar flanked by Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani, the former Man United midfielder has mostly seen action from the bench this term.
The 29-year-old scored a hat-trick against Sochaux in the French Cup three weeks ago, and was omitted for the side to play Real Madrid in the first leg one week later.
Di Maria won a Champions League for Los Blancos in 2014, turning in a man-of-the-match display against Atletico Madrid in the final.
PSG are still in the tie against Zinedine Zidane’s side, and a 2-0 victory at Parc des Princes will be enough to qualify for the last eight.
Lionel Messi is joined by Harry Kane, Robert Lewandowski, and Edinson Cavani as the familiar names topping the scoring charts in Europe’s top five leagues.
The surprise name joining this quartet of strikers is Ciro Immobile, with the Lazio striker in sublime form that makes him the favourite to end the Serie A season as top scorer. He’s five ahead of closest competitor Mauro Icardi.
Messi has 22 goals, two more than Barcelona teammate Luis Suarez, with the race for La Liga’s top scorer down to being between the two of them despite Cristiano Ronaldo’s resurgence.
Kane, of course, is in a tight race for the Premier League Golden Boot, with his 24 goals just one more than Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah while Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero has 21.
In France, Edinson Cavani was being run close by his PSG teammate Neymar, but the latter’s injury means it’s unlikely anyone will catch the Uruguayan, who’s currently on 24 goals, like Kane.
Similarly, Robert Lewandowski looks to have the Bundesliga race sewn up, with his 20 goals seven more than the next-highest – and that’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who’s since left for the Premier League.
Here’s a look at the top five scorers in each of Europe’s top five leagues.
Leading scorers, Premier League
Harry Kane (Tottenham), 24 goals
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), 23
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), 21
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), 15
Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), 13
Leading scorers, La Liga
Lionel Messi (Barcelona), 22 goals
Luis Suarez (Barcelona), 20
Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo), 16
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), 14
Maxi Gomez (Celta Vigo), 13
Leading scorers, Serie A
Ciro Immobile (Lazio), 23 goals
Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan), 18
Fabio Quagliarella (Sampdoria), 17
Dries Mertens (Napoli), 16
Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus), 14
Leading scorers, Bundesliga
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), 20 goals
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund/Arsenal), 13
Nils Petersen (Freiburg), 12
Alfred Finnbogason (Augsburg), 11
Timo Werner (RB Leipzig), 10
Leading scorers, Ligue 1
Edinson Cavani (PSG), 24 goals
Neymar (PSG), 19
Radamel Falcao (Monaco), 17
Nabil Fekir (Lyon), 16
Mariano (Lyon), Florian Thauvin (Marseille), 15
Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar faces “at least six weeks” out with a fractured bone in his foot and will miss next week’s return leg of the Champions League last-16 tie against Real Madrid, his father said on Tuesday.
“PSG know that they will not be able to count on Neymar for the upcoming matches: his treatment will last six to eight weeks, whether there is an operation or not,” Neymar senior told ESPN Brasil.
The Brazilian star suffered the injury, as well as a twisted ankle, in an innocuous looking incident towards the end of Sunday’s 3-0 league victory over bitter rivals Marseille.
PSG coach Unai Emery said earlier on Tuesday that “no decision” had been made regarding an operation, denying an earlier report in the Brazilian press that the world’s most expensive player would go under the knife to repair the cracked bone in his right foot.
Brazilian newspaper Globo Esporte had claimed a decision had been reached for Neymar to undergo surgery, and that the 26-year-old would be sidelined until May.